Dan Wheldon had a heart-breaking finish in a rain-shortened Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, where he was pursuing his second win on the famed two-and-a-half -mile oval circuit.
Driving the No 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda, the Emberton driver started his fifth Indy 500 from the second row in sixth place and ran briefly among the top five early in the race.
Rain halted the race on Lap 113 and the Emberton driver restarted 13th after nearly three hours delay.
Wheldon quickly picked his way through the field to third, but finished three laps down after an accident involving wheel-to-wheel contact with Marco Andretti.
"It didn't seem that anything we did today worked very well for us," the 2005 500 winner said. "It was just one of those days. We couldn't seem to do anything right."
Wheldon made contact with Andretti in the backstretch on Lap 163. Andretti's car spun and hit the outside wall before it became airborne and landed upside-down. Andretti escaped injury.
"I just don't think Marco realised I was running on the outside of him and unfortunately he hit me," Wheldon said.
"Thankfully, he's all right."
The race was called for rain on Lap 166 of 200, with Andretti Green Racing's Dario Franchitti claiming his first Indianapolis 500 victory. Wheldon's Target Chip Ganassi team-mate Scott Dixon was second and Team Penske's Helio Castroneves finished third.