Rapid Reaction: Dario Franchitti wins race 1

June, 11, 2011
6/11/11
9:31
PM CT
FORT WORTH -- Dario Franchitti took the checkered flag by .05 seconds over Scott Dixon in the first of two Firestone Twin 275 races at Texas Motor Speedway.

Franchitti was in the lead during a caution on Lap 92 that brought on a double-file restart with 10 laps to go. Franchitti jumped out to edge Dixon on the restart and remained in front for the final 10 laps to the first race on the night.

*It's Franchitti's first win at TMS. Starting from second place, Franchitti dominated the race leading 110 of the 114 laps.

*IndyCar series points leader Will Power finished in third place -- the same spot he started the race.

*There were six lead changes involving five drivers. Pole leader Alex Tagliani led only one lap and finished fourth. Takuma Sato rounded out the top five.

*The only caution lasted from Lap 94 to Lap 103 due to an accident involving rookie Charlie Kimball and Wade Cunningham. Both drivers did not return to finish the race

*Danica Patrick took an early pit and dropped from 10th to 21st at one point during the race. She finished the race in 16th place.

*The race took nearly 55 minutes averaging 181.649 miles an hour.

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