Carpenter wins at Kentucky, Franchitti regains points lead
Sparta, KY (Sports Network) - Ed Carpenter became a first-time race winner in the IZOD IndyCar Series by taking Sunday's Kentucky Indy 300, while Dario Franchitti's second-place finish allowed him to take over the points lead with only one race to go.
Carpenter and Franchitti ran side-by side for the lead during the final 20 laps. Carpenter nipped Franchitti to the finish line by just 0.0098 seconds, making it the sixth closest margin in series history.
His first IndyCar win came in his 114th start. He had finished second in this race the past two years.
Scott Dixon finished third, while rookie James Hinchcliffe and Ryan Hunter- Reay completed the top-five.
Will Power started on the pole and led the first 48 laps, but during a round of pit stops, Power made contact with Ana Beatriz while entering his stall, causing damage to his car. He ended up finishing 19th.
Franchitti, who led the most laps with 142, took an 18-lead over Power. Franchitti will attempt to win his third consecutive and fourth overall IndyCar championship on October 16 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
10/02 17:08:14 ET