Originally posted on The Jersey Chaser  |  Last updated 5/28/12

Congratulations to Ashley Judd on her husband Dario Franchitti’s third Indianapolis 500 win. Franchitti  became just the 10th driver in the race’s 96 year history to win three or more 500s. With a record 30 lead changes, Franchitti won in the lap last with Takuma Sato losing control of his car.  ”[It's] just such an extraordinary achievement,” Judd told the Los Angeles Times. “I am so proud of him.” Franchitti previously won the Indy 500 in 2007 and 2010.

In memory of Dan Weldon, Franchitti wore white sunglasses during the race. Weldon was a two-time Indy 500 winner who was killed in a crash last October in Las Vegas during the Indy 300. Weldon’s wife Susie congratulated Franchitti and Judd in Victory Lane and joined the couple in the pace car for the winner’s lap.

Judd and Franchitti married in 2001 in Scottland after meeting at racecar driver and 90210 almun Jason Priestley’s wedding. Franchitti’s victory just adds to a great sports year for Judd, after seeing her beloved Kentucky Wildcats win the NCAA Championship in April.

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