IRL series leader took another hit on the points this weekend when he was involved in a huge crash at Michigan, similar to the one that Marco Andretti had earlier in the year at Indianapolis, although Franchitti was airborne for a lot longer, and actually landed upside down on top of Scott Dixons car. The crash was triggered when Franchitti and Wheldon got together a little, both describing it simply as a misunderstanding and a racing incident.
After the crash only 7 cars were left on the track, with the three surviving Andretti Green Racing cars of Tony Kannan, Marco Andretti and Danica Patrick fighting it out for the lead. Danica suffered a puncture and had to pit, leaving Kannan and Andretti running together ahead of Scott Sharp.
The last few laps saw a titanic battle between Kannan and Andretti, with the pair running side by side on most laps. Kannan however managed to get to the finish line ahead of Andretti, with Sharp coming home in 3rd.
With Franchitti out of the race, the both Chip Ganassi teams worked feverishly on Dixon’s car to try to get him back on the track, and after 26 laps he did return to the track, but really never got back up to speed, but did post a 10th place finish to gain some points on Franchitti in the battle for the championship.