Dario Franchitti wins the rain-soaked race with the actress looking on

By People Staff
Updated May 28, 2007 09:20 AM

Racecar driver Dario Franchitti (also known as the husband of Ashley Judd) won the 91st edition of the Indy 500 on Sunday, in a rain-soaked race that had his celeb spouse cheering him on.

“The ups and downs throughout the day – what can I say?” Franchitti said, according to the Indianapolis Star. “I’m in shock right now – it’s been a rollercoaster month, and it was a rollercoaster day.”

For Franchitti, 34, Judd’s husband of nearly six years, the Indy win was one of his biggest ever, and it was the second win for his team in nearly three years. The race, cut short by the rain, was halted after 166 laps – or 415 of the race’s 500 miles. The Scottish-born Franchitti jumped into the lead after the two drivers ahead of him were forced to make a pit stop.

“It was going to come down to a dogfight, and there’s a lot of strong cars,” he said, the Associated Press reports. “Whatever happened, if it came down to that dogfight, it was going to be hard, so I was hoping for the rain.”

As Franchitti made a victory lap of the 2.5-mile oval in the heavy rain, Judd, soaking wet in a summer dress, climbed the pit wall and dashed toward the victory celebration.

“I can hardly believe it,” Franchitti added of his win. “Who would have thought it?”