Scottish racing driver Dario Franchitti gave his actress wife Ashley Judd a special 41st birthday treat on Sunday (19Apr09) by winning the Long Beach Grand Prix in California.
It was the speed star's second race back driving Indy cars after branching out as a NASCAR driver last season.
Judd was among Franchitti fans cheering her husband on and the racer dedicated his victory to her.
After winning the race by defeating defending race champ Will Power, Franchitti said, "This is for her (Judd). It was good to finally win here in Long Beach."
Racer and reality TV star Helio Castroneves, racing only two days after being acquitted in a Miami, Florida court on federal tax-evasion charges, finished seventh.
He said, "It was just so awesome to see the crowd giving me positive energy. This, for me, is therapy."