Dario Franchitti
Scottish racing driver
Dario Franchitti
George Dario Marino Franchitti is a Scottish racing driver. He formerly competed in the CART series before switching to the IndyCar Series where he was 2007 champion, and won the rain-shortened 2007 Indianapolis 500. Franchitti is also a former NASCAR driver for Chip Ganassi Racing, competing until mid-2008 when his team shut down.
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IndyCar Drivers Find Comfort in Having Strong Safety Team
abc News - 9 months
Dario Franchitti doesn't remember the crash that ended his career three years ago in Houston. He does remember IndyCar's top-notch safety team
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Motor racing-British teenager Parry wins McLaren F1 test
Yahoo News - about 3 years
British teenager Matt Parry secured a Formula One test with McLaren and a 100,000 pounds ($163,800) cheque after winning the 25th edition of the McLaren Autosport BRDC award on Sunday. The 19-year-old follows in the footsteps of F1 drivers David Coulthard, Jenson Button and Paul Di Resta, as well as three times Indy 500 winner Dario Franchitti,who also won the award, aimed at helping the most promising young British driver, early in their careers. Parry won this year's Formula Renault NEC championship. Red Bull's four times world champion Sebastian Vettel was the international driver of the year for the fourth year running.
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Di Resta risks being the man who misses out
Yahoo News - about 3 years
By Alan Baldwin LONDON (Reuters) - Force India's Paul Di Resta is in danger of being the man who misses out on a 2014 race seat as the tempo quickens in Formula One's game of musical chairs. I need everybody's help if I can get it," Di Resta said when asked about his future after finishing 11th in Sunday's season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos. I'll be in competitive racing...but remaining part of Formula One has to be my ultimate goal." Di Resta, a cousin of three-times Indy 500 winner Dario Franchitti, said last week that he would be open to a switch to Indy Cars and the Ganassi seat vacated on medical grounds by his fellow Scot. Germany's Nico Hulkenberg, Di Resta's team mate at Force India last year before moving to Sauber, has been tipped for a return to the Silverstone-based outfit with media reports of a preliminary agreement already in place.
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Di Resta hints at F1 exit
Yahoo News - over 3 years
Briton Paul Di Resta hinted heavily on Saturday that he is looking at his options for a seat outside Formula One as the drivers' market for 2014 remained in flux. Di Resta of Force India faces fierce competition to keep his job with the Silverstone-based outfit from a host of rival drivers including former team-mate German Nico Hulkenberg, who looks set to leave Sauber. Di Resta, who has no substantial sponsorship package, admitted that he is interested in exploring other options, including possibly replacing newly-retired cousin and fellow-Scot Dario Franchitti in IndyCar racing in the United States. He said: "I would discuss it with Darioâ ¦ But, I think I'm still in the running for a seat here at Force India, or at least I'd like to think I am.
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Ganassi: Franchitti heartbroken over retirement
Yahoo News - over 3 years
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — In the six years Dario Franchitti had been driving for Chip Ganassi, he had only phoned his boss once from his home in Scotland.
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Injured IndyCar champ Dario Franchitti to stop racing
LATimes - over 3 years
Racer, who was seriously hurt in a crash last month, is following the advice of doctors, who said racing could harm his health. Heeding doctors' advice after being seriously hurt in a crash last month, four-time IndyCar champion Dario Franchitti said Thursday he's ending his racing career.
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Factbox: Franchitti announces retirement
Yahoo News - over 3 years
(Reuters) - Factbox on Scotland's Dario Franchitti who announced his retirement from IndyCar racing on Thursday. * In 2001, he married Hollywood actress Ashley Judd in a Scottish castle. * In 2003, he switched to IndyCar, and enjoyed great success, winning the driver's championship in 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011. * He won again in 2010, just ahead of his close friend Dan Wheldon, who won the 2011 Indy 500 then was tragically killed in a race at Las Vegas.
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Crash forces Dario Franchitti into retirement
Calgary Sun - over 3 years
Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti announced his retirement on Thursday, just over a month after a terrifying crash left him with serious injuries.
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Racing champ Dario Franchitti calls it quits, cites doctors' advice
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Dario Franchitti
    FORTIES
  • 2015
    Age 41
    He is the world feed co-commentator (alongside Jack Nicholls) for the FIA Formula E Championship as of the 2015–16 season.
    More Details Hide Details On 13 October 2011, 3 days before Franchitti’s bid for a fourth IZOD IndyCar Series title and the death of his friend and fellow driver Dan Wheldon, it was announced that he would be joining Wheldon in developing the vehicle physics on Ignite Game Technologies’ online auto racing game, Simraceway. A vintage car racing enthusiast, Franchitti will be focusing on ensuring the authenticity of the game’s historic and vintage cars "It’s almost impossible to describe the feeling you get inside when you’re behind the wheel of an old race car but what I hope to be able to do is use my knowledge and experience to help the team at Simraceway replicate how it feels to drive,". key) key) (Races in bold indicate pole position, Results are overall/class) key) (Races in bold indicate pole position, Results are overall/class)
  • 2014
    Age 40
    Franchitti was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2014 Birthday Honours for services to motor racing.
    More Details Hide Details He is the older brother of Scottish racing driver Marino Franchitti. He is the cousin of former Formula One driver Paul di Resta. Franchitti has appeared on several television shows. The list includes The Morning Show with Mike & Juliet, Larry King Live, Pardon the Interruption, Late Show with David Letterman, Live with Regis and Kelly, Jim Rome Is Burning, and three times on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. He also appeared as a Scottish news anchor in the animated film Turbo.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2011
    Age 37
    His 3rd consecutive and 4th overall title came in 2011, in which he battled Power for the championship the second time but the championship win ultimately was decided in favour of Franchitti, after the season's final race was abandoned due to a serious crash that resulted in the death of his close friend and former team-mate Dan Wheldon.
    More Details Hide Details A new car was introduced for the 2012 season, in which Franchitti only scored 1 victory – in the Indianapolis 500 – to become the 10th driver to win at least 3 Indianapolis 500's during a career. On 6 October 2013, Franchitti was involved in a serious crash in the Grand Prix of Houston, when his car flew into catch-fencing after contact with the car of Takuma Sato. Franchitti suffered 2 fractured vertebrae, a broken ankle, and a concussion in the crash. Later he would learn that he had forgotten some of his past. A month later, on November 14, Franchitti announced his immediate retirement from motor racing on medical advice; he retired with 31 victories from 265 starts in his American open-wheel racing career, a tally which put him in a tie for ninth on the all-time wins list with Paul Tracy.
  • 2010
    Age 36
    By finishing eighth in the 2010 Izod Indycar series championship final at the Homestead Miami Speedway, and leading the most laps on top of qualifying in pole position, Dario overhauled Will Power's 12 points lead and took the 2010 Izod Indycar championship.
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    He retained the title in 2010, again with a final race championship win over Penske's Will Power; Franchitti's strong form on ovals – including a 2nd Indianapolis 500 victory – allowed him to overhaul Power by 5 points at the final race.
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  • 2009
    Age 35
    He returned to Highcroft Racing with Scott Sharp and David Brabham for the 2009 Petit Le Mans.
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    He participated in the 2009 12 Hours of Sebring for Highcroft Racing with Scott Sharp and David Brabham.
    More Details Hide Details They finished 15th overall and were the first non-finishers.
    For the 2009 Rolex 24 At Daytona he once again drove for Chip Ganassi Racing in a Lexus-Riley.
    More Details Hide Details He finished 5th overall with Scott Dixon and Alex Lloyd.
    2009 marked a successful return to IndyCar for Franchitti scooping five wins, two second and two third placings and taking the series championship in his second consecutive attempt over teammate Scott Dixon by 11 points.
    More Details Hide Details Franchitti got off to a steady if unspectacular start; through the first 5 races, Dario had 1 pole, 3 Top 5 finishes and 4 Top 10s. However, at the 94th running of the Indianapolis 500, it all came together for him. Starting on the outside of the first row (#3), Franchitti had the best car of the day, leading over 150 laps to take his 2nd win in the past four years. This is also his 24th win in American Open-wheel driving, placing him in the top 20 all-time. The win also makes him the 18th multiple-win driver in the history of the Indianapolis 500. In October, Franchitti will travel to Australia to compete in a special round of the V8 Supercar championship in which he and 17 other international drivers will pair up with regular V8 drivers in two endurance races at the Gold Coast Street Circuit, a former venue for Indycar. He will drive for Jim Beam Racing with Steve Johnson.
  • 2008
    Age 34
    He debuted for the team in the non points race at Surfers Paradise in Australia on 25 October 2008.
    More Details Hide Details He qualified 4th of 24 drivers and was running third when he spun and stalled the car, resulting in a lap-down finish of 16th. He led 2 laps and set the fastest lap of the race.
    In the 2008 Petit Le Mans he was a driver for Highcroft Racing with Scott Sharp and David Brabham.
    More Details Hide Details They were the first retirement after only 16 laps.
    That was the only race he participated in during the 2008 Rolex Sports Car Series season and finished 42nd overall in Daytona Prototype class with 35 points.
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    Prior to the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, he joined Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Juan Pablo Montoya, Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas and won the Rolex 24 at Daytona in a Lexus-Riley.
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    On 9 August 2008 Franchitti won his first career Nationwide pole at Watkins Glen.
    More Details Hide Details Starting alongside Robby Gordon, Franchitti led 13 laps and came close to the win. He battled Jimmie Johnson throughout the day, but was overtaken by some drivers late in the race. Franchitti finished 5th while Johnson ran out of gas. Franchitti is well known for combining partial Sports Car racing schedules during his IndyCar and NASCAR career. At the 2007 12 Hours of Sebring he finished 1st in LMP2 class with Andretti Green Racing team-mates Bryan Herta and Tony Kanaan. They finished 2nd overall. He also participated in the 2007 ALMS Grand Prix of Long Beach with Bryan Herta and they finished 6th. He placed 18th in LMP2 class in the 2007 American Le Mans Series season standings with 32 points.
    On 1 July 2008, Franchitti's No. 40 Sprint Cup team was disbanded by co-owner Chip Ganassi because of a lack of sponsorship.
    More Details Hide Details Franchitti was running 41st in points in the Sprint Cup Series at the time, and Ganassi had been funding the team out of his own pocket. The entire No. 40 team was shut down, and 71 employees were released. Despite this Franchitti kept driving for Ganassi in the Nationwide series as he wondered what he would do in 2009.
    On 26 April 2008, Franchitti suffered a slight left ankle fracture in a hard crash with Larry Gunselman while competing in the Nationwide Series Aaron's 312 race.
    More Details Hide Details David Stremme, Ken Schrader, Jeremy Mayfield, and Sterling Marlin all filled in for him.
    In effect Dario had won all of the past three championships he entered when his 2008 absence is accounted for.
    More Details Hide Details Franchitti, again driving for Target Chip Ganassi Racing, won the season opening road race at St. Petersburg, Florida. He followed that win with additional wins at Texas Motor Speedway (28th victory). He took the pole and the win in the Milwaukee 225 for his 29th victory, tying him with Rick Mears for 9th all-time in American Open Wheel racing. In the final race of the season at Las Vegas, Franchitti had an 18-point lead over Will Power in the points standings. However, a 15-car crash on lap 11 caused the race to be red flagged. After a two-hour delay, IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard announced that Dan Wheldon had died from the crash and the race was formally abandoned. The drivers who were not involved did a five-lap tribute to Wheldon 10 minutes after the announcement. Because the race was canceled and Power was also involved in the crash, Franchitti won his third consecutive and fourth overall IndyCar championship. Since Power suffered severe damage, Franchitti would have won the championship if the race had continued; therefore, the early stoppage of the race had no effect on the championship points.
    He raced several races in the NNS for Chip Ganassi Racing's NASCAR team and only had a few top ten finishes; his best finish was 5th at the 2008 Zippo 200.
    More Details Hide Details He decided that IndyCar was his favorite to race in and so he rejoined the IndyCar Series in 2009 with Target Ganassi Racing and went on to win his second, third and fourth IndyCar titles in 2009, 2010 and 2011 as well as the 2010 and 2012 Indy 500.
    Franchitti missed the 2008 Indianapolis 500 as he pursued a NASCAR career.
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  • 2007
    Age 33
    During the 2007 season, Franchitti survived two huge crashes which saw his car flip upside down both times.
    More Details Hide Details The first at Michigan saw him tangle with Dan Wheldon resulting in his car flipping before being hit again by Scott Dixon. The contact with Dixon was only inches away from his head and the accident saw seven cars (including Franchitti) retire from the race. The second flip came a week later at Kentucky. As Franchitti crossed the start/finish line to finish the race, he did not realise that the chequered flag had been waved and continued to race. He crashed into the back of Kosuke Matsuura flipping yet again and hitting the outside wall. Franchitti took full responsibility for the incident. Franchitti won the IndyCar Championship with four wins finishing ahead of Scott Dixon by just 13 points. Dixon ran out of fuel on the last lap of the season-ending race, allowing Franchitti to take the win and the championship, his first championship win since Formula Vauxhall Lotus in 1993.
    On 27 May 2007, Franchitti won a rain-shortened Indianapolis 500, finishing under a yellow flag after an accident involving Dan Wheldon and Marco Andretti following lap 163.
    More Details Hide Details The race was halted due to rain three laps later. His prize money of $1.6m was equal to the entire purse for the 1982 race.
    On 3 January 2007, Andretti Green Racing announced that Franchitti had re-signed for the IRL team for a tenth consecutive season in American Open Wheel racing.
    More Details Hide Details That year he also undertook a limited programme in the American Le Mans Series driving an Acura ARX-01, teaming up with his younger brother, Marino Franchitti and long-time AGR team-mate Bryan Herta.
    His breakout year came in 2007, when he won the rain-shortened Indianapolis 500 as one of 4 victories in his route to a first career championship title in a final-race title decider with Scott Dixon.
    More Details Hide Details At the end of the season, Franchitti was named as BBC Scotland's Sports Personality of the Year. After an ill-fated move to NASCAR in 2008 (which ended after half a season) Franchitti returned to IndyCar in 2009, driving for Chip Ganassi Racing. Franchitti won on his 2nd start back in the series, and eventually took 5 wins as he won a 2nd championship, again in a final race championship decider against Dixon and Team Penske's Ryan Briscoe.
  • 2005
    Age 31
    His last win of the year came at the 2005 season finale at California.
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  • 2004
    Age 30
    Franchitti returned to the cockpit in 2004, and won his first IRL IndyCar Series race on 25 July at the Milwaukee Mile.
    More Details Hide Details He followed this win up with a win at Pikes Peak on 22 August. Franchitti returned to Andretti Green Racing again, and had 2 wins. The first win came at Nashville.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2002
    Age 28
    He finished fourth in Champ Car in 2002.
    More Details Hide Details Franchitti missed most of the year, and his place was taken by Dan Wheldon at Motegi, Robby Gordon at Indianapolis, and Bryan Herta for the remainder of the year (with Wheldon taking over a regular role from retiring team boss Michael Andretti).
    In 2002 he won the Vancouver Molson Indy.
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  • 2001
    Age 27
    Franchitti married American actress Ashley Judd in December 2001 at Skibo Castle near Dornoch, Scotland. They divorced in 2013.
    More Details Hide Details Franchitti is the son of Marina and George Franchitti, both born in Scotland. Most of his ancestry is Italian, with some Scottish. Originally from Bathgate, his family moved to nearby Whitburn when he was eight years old. He is a former pupil of Stewart's Melville College and he supports Celtic Football Club. He lists some of his favourite television shows as Gavin & Stacey, Shameless and Rab C. Nesbitt.
  • 2000
    Age 26
    A heavy crash in pre-season testing the next year ruined Franchitti's 2000 season, and he only won once at Cleveland in 2001.
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  • 1999
    Age 25
    He dedicated his win to Greg Moore, who was killed in 1999 and was from nearby Maple Ridge, British Columbia.
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    Franchitti finished runner-up in the 1999 CART season behind rookie Juan Pablo Montoya.
    More Details Hide Details Both drivers scored 212 points, but Montoya had seven wins to Franchitti's three and was crowned champion. Franchitti's close friend Greg Moore died in a crash during the final race of the year at California Speedway in Fontana, California.
  • 1998
    Age 24
    In 1998 he joined Team Green (forerunner to Andretti Green Racing and the current Andretti Autosport), finishing third in the season standings with three wins (his first coming at Road America) and a season-high five pole positions.
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    Franchitti spent 6 seasons in CART, where he won 10 races with the Team Green squad that he joined in 1998; he failed to win a championship title, with a best final position of 2nd-place in 1999, behind Juan Pablo Montoya in a tie-breaker.
    More Details Hide Details Team Green moved to the IndyCar Series for the 2003 campaign, with Franchitti remaining in the team. Franchitti's first season for IndyCar was disrupted by an injury, but won his first races the following season.
  • 1997
    Age 23
    With the demise of the ITC, Mercedes placed Franchitti in Hogan Racing in 1997, making his US debut in the CART Championship Series where his best finish was a ninth at Surfers Paradise.
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    In 1997, Franchitti was offered a deal to become McLaren's test driver which would have seen him flying to Europe to test during the week, returning to America to race in CART.
    More Details Hide Details He ultimately turned this down, preferring instead to pour his energies into racing in CART for the Hogan team. Franchitti tested for the Jaguar F1 team at Silverstone in 2000, but the car proved to be problematic. These troubles combined with him still recovering from neck discs ruptured in a crash at Homestead earlier that year. The test was ultimately a disappointment and the door to racing for Jaguar effectively closed.
  • 1996
    Age 22
    He continued in the ITC in 1996, finishing fourth overall with one race win.
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  • 1995
    Age 21
    However, he was not retained for 1995 which was his final year in single-seaters in Europe.
    More Details Hide Details Instead, Franchitti was contracted by AMG Racing to drive a works Mercedes C-Class in the German Touring Car Championship and the related International Touring Car Championship, where he finished fifth and third respectively.
  • 1994
    Age 20
    He graduated to the British Formula 3 Championship in 1994, where he finished fourth and won one race in his first year.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1993
    Age 19
    Staying with the team for the next season, he won the championship in 1993.
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  • 1992
    Age 18
    He moved up to Formula Vauxhall Lotus in 1992, where he joined Paul Stewart Racing.
    More Details Hide Details In his first year, he finished fourth in the overall championship, and was named the McLaren/Autosport Young Driver of the Year.
  • 1991
    Age 17
    He progressed to Formula Vauxhall Junior where he won the championship with four victories in 1991.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1984
    Age 10
    Franchitti won the Karting Scottish Junior Championship in 1984, the British Junior Championships in 1985 and 1986 and the Scottish senior title in 1988.
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  • 1973
    Born
    Born on May 19, 1973.
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