Articles tagged Dario Franchitti

Page 88, April 2014

Lunch With... Paul Tracy

This ever-determined, hard-charging Indycar driver didn’t always mind his Ps and Qs but invariably gave his all in the cockpit Writer Simon Taylor | Photographer Michael McNamara These days your average professional racing driver tends to be slight and slender. He is unfailingly polite to team personnel, to sponsors and to rivals, and speaks to the media in unexceptional sound-bites while a PR...

Page 28, April 2008

Newsfeed

MotoGP Dani Pedrosa fractured his hand after crashing in the first pre-season test at Sepang but will return for Jerez. A1GP Christian Vietoris became the youngest-ever winner at Taupo, aged 18 years, nine months and 19 days. * Loic Duval scored Team France’s first win in 37 races, at Eastern Creek. Le Mans Toyota has denied plans to return to the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2010 with a petrol-electric...

Page 135, September 2014

On the road with... Simon Arron

All the wolds a stage... Cadwell Park, June 22: the perfect alternative to a cancelled ’Ring trip When I awoke this morning, the first thing I heard was a cuckoo…” The Historic Sports Car Club’s CEO Grahame White seemed rather pleased about his unexpected alarm call, one that perfectly summarised the appeal of Cadwell Park and its surrounding Wolds. My original weekend plan had been to attend the...

Page 23, August 2014

Nigel Roebuck

Returning to Indy, Monaco’s faded glamour, Rosberg’s guile Sometimes,” wrote Henry Manney in Road and Track half a century ago, “I wish I was in Indianapolis. But not often.” Time was when the Indianapolis 500 was always run – whatever the day of the week – on May 30, Memorial Day, and a public holiday in the USA. And time was, too, when virtually the whole of the month of May, which included two...

Page 70, July 2014

Letters

Letter of the month Trying to tackle the wrong problem I read with interest of the idea to end the World Endurance Championship season at Le Mans. I fully understand the thinking, as the remainder of the season is something of an anti-climax. It didn’t used to be this way in the heyday of Group C, however. After the 24 Hours we had classic races at the Nürburgring, Spa, Brands Hatch and Fuji –...

Page 31, November 2008

Dario back to what he does best

Dario Franchitti returns to the IRL next year as Scott Dixon’s team-mate in Chip Ganassi’s squad. Franchitti left the IRL at the end of 2007 to try NASCAR with Ganassi (above), but he struggled and Chip couldn’t sell any serious sponsorship on his car. In fact, Ganassi is having a tough time keeping his NASCAR sponsors, with long-time backer Texaco terminating its support of Juan Pablo Montoya at...

Page 26, November 2008

In brief

* Former Indy 500 winner Dario Franchitti will return to the IRL Indycar Series in 2009 after a disappointing attempt to break into the NASCAR Sprint Cup. The 35-year-old Scot will join Chip Ganassi Racing in place of Dan Wheldon, who found a berth at Panther Racing, the team with which he started his IRL career. * Zytek prototypes will be rebranded Ginettas after LNT Automotive, owner of the...

Page 20, March 2014

Audi role for McNish

Champion Scot to continue racing involvement | By Gary Watkins Allan McNish looks set to take a front-line sporting position with Audi Sport in the wake of his retirement from the cockpit. McNish, who won the 2013 World Endurance Championship with Tom Kristensen and Loïc Duval, announced that he was hanging up his helmet at the end of December, but both Audi Sport boss Wolfgang Ullrich and the...

Page 80, January 2014

Racers, Rivals and fellow Scots

"It hardly seems possible that I've been racing cars for more than 25 years and karts for a few seasons before that. I've met some great people and driven some wonderful machinery along the way, but there have been a few conspicuous duds, too. Overall, though, the positives outweigh everything else..." 1. McLaren MP4-5B The Chassis McNish fine-tuned for Ayrton et al It was a very easy car to...

Page 23, February 2014

Gordon Kirby

A distinguished career ends Five weeks after his terrible accident in Houston last October, Dario Franchitti was compelled to make the difficult decision to retire from racing because of fears that any further concussions or back injuries would have grievous results. It was an unfortunate end to a superb career in which Franchitti established himself as the gold standard of Indy car racing. A...

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