DARIO FRANCHITTI NEWS

Making sense of Formula E as drivers arrive in Beijing

FIA Formula E CEO Alejandro Agag's grand, all-electric experiment is just one day away from being presented to the world on the streets of Beijing, China. Formula E's series opener will unveil a new and unproven concept in professional motor racing – a field comprised of identical open-wheel cars with batteries in place of combustion engines. And while there's plenty of potential...
Via Fox Sports
September 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Fully electric Formula E Championship to debut Saturday on FOX Sports 1

The future is now in the world of motor sports as the brand new, fully electric FIA Formula E Championship series premieres live from Beijing, China on Saturday, September 13 (3:30 a.m. ET) exclusively on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports GO, with a replay airing Sunday, September 14 (1 p.m. ET). "We expect this championship to become the framework for research and development around the...
Via Fox Sports
September 07, 2014  |  Discuss

IndyCar: Kanaan dedicates win to Franchitti as No. 10 returns to winning ways

FONTANA, California – It was past halfway of the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series season and the much-anticipated pairing of Tony Kanaan in the No. 10 Target/Chip Ganassi Racing car appeared stuck in neutral. Kanaan, who won the 2013 Indianapolis 500, was in the same car that Dario Franchitti had driven to two of his three Indianapolis 500 victories and three of his four IndyCar Series...
Via Fox Sports
September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

VICS: Justin Wilson Comes Full Circle

FONTANA, Calif. — Verizon Indy Car Series (VICS) driver Justin Wilson returns to the track at the Auto Club Speedway (ACS) for the MAVTV500 season finale on Saturday night. Last year in the season finale at ACS, Wilson suffered a potential career ending accident involving Tristan Vautier, who was unable to see through the smoke of Wilson’s spinning car and ended up driving directly...
Via Rubbings Racing
August 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Houston races dropped from IndyCar slate in 2015

FONTANA, Calif. (AP) The Grand Prix of Houston has been dropped from the IndyCar schedule for 2015. IndyCar ran a doubleheader race at the NRG Park track for the past two years. Scheduling conflicts prompted the change, IndyCar president Mark Miles says. Four-time IndyCar series champion Dario Franchitti was seriously injured at the Houston track in 2013, forcing his retirement...
Via AP on Fox
August 29, 2014  |  Discuss

IndyCar finale: How Will Power got to this point

FONTANA, California – Will Power enters the final race of the season with a chance to win his first Verizon IndyCar Series championship. But, haven’t we seen this movie before? Like in 2010 when he entered the final race of the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway locked in a battle with Dario Franchitti. Power entered with a 12-point lead but crashed in the race, finished 25th...
Via Fox Sports
August 28, 2014  |  Discuss

INDYCAR NEWS AND NOTES – Aug. 21, 2014

Today’s Verizon IndyCar Series and Mazda Road to Indy headlines:   1. Power hopes to solidify title hopes at Sonoma    2. No. 12 Verizon Team Penske crew earns performance award   3. Hornish joins NBCSN booth at Sonoma   4. Of note   1. Power hopes to solidify title hopes at Sonoma: Will Power arrives at Sonoma Raceway boasting three victories and three pole starts on the...
Via On Pit Road
August 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Reagan has keys to the KU offense and baby, that's him driving

LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Julia Child hands you the knife. Dario Franchitti offers to ride shotgun. Ian Gillan leans over and declares that dude, you should be singing lead on this one. Charlie Weis calls you and says, Run my offense. Complete autonomy. Hands-off. Your show. Hey, if you were John Reagan, you'd do a double take, too. "When I got it, we were in the midst of a championship...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
August 07, 2014  |  Discuss

VICS: Bourdais Earns Verizon P1 Award at Mid-Ohio

LEXINGTON, Ohio — Sebastien Bourdais earned his second Verizon P1 Award of the season after posting the quickest lap of the Firestone Fast Six shootout on his final lap, which secured the pole position for Sunday’s Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio. It was the 33rd career pole for the four-time Indy car champion to tie Dario Franchitti for seventh all time. Bourdais’ 32nd pole came...
Via Rubbings Racing
August 02, 2014  |  Discuss

INDYCAR NEWS AND NOTES – June 17, 2014

Today’s Verizon IndyCar Series and Mazda Road to Indy headlines: 1. Catching up with… Carlos Munoz 2. Of note 1. Catching up with… Carlos Munoz: Carlos Munoz burst on the scene with a runner-up finish in his first Indianapolis 500 Mile Race in 2013. The 22-year-old Verizon IndyCar Series rookie from Colombia has continued on the fast track in the first half of the season. Munoz...
Via On Pit Road
June 17, 2014  |  Discuss

IndyCar: Wins the Pole for Saturday Night’s Firestone 600 in Texas

IndyCar Media Site Fort Worth, TX- The Verizon IndyCar Series took to an oval for just the second time this season as they qualified this afternoon at the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway to set the field for tomorrow night’s Firestone 600 (8 PM/NBC Sports Network/IMS Radio Network). At the end of qualifying for the 22-car field, Will Power was on top for the second straight year...
Via Race Review Online
June 06, 2014  |  Discuss

IndyCar: Last Year’s Dual Winners Fastest in Practice on Friday at Belle Isle

IndyCar Media Site Belle Isle, Mich- Entering this weekend, we knew both Simon Pagenaud and Mike Conway would be huge favorites to win at least one of the two duals at the 2.35-mile Belle Isle street circuit. Both drivers won the dual format last year as Conway took the checkered flag in the 70 Lap race on Saturday while Pagenaud won on Sunday. This year, both have already reached victory...
Via Race Review Online
May 30, 2014  |  Discuss

IndyCar: Did New DW12 Bring the Indy 500 Back to Better Than Ever?

IndyCar Media Site INDIANAPOLIS- We’re now three years into the DW12 era at the Indianapolis 500. The new car was controversial as most hated the way it looked. The Verizon IndyCar Series put wheel guards on the back to protect against cars getting airborne and changed the overall look of the car from the previous model. That drove people crazy. But, like it or not, it’s produced...
Via Race Review Online
May 25, 2014  |  Discuss

The Indy 500 could be extra compelling this year

I like many people in the US watch open wheel racing once a year: The Indy 500. I keep tying to follow it a little bit more closely. I don’t dislike auto racing at all, but I like baseball more, and NASCAR gets more coverage than the Indy series  stateside. I know enough to know the top drivers in the circuit, and I’m not going into the race blind. Of course, this year will...
Via The Rhino and Compass
May 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Mike Conway victory validates Ed Carpenter Racing

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) A day after Dario Franchitti announced his retirement, another IndyCar driver said he was also getting out of his car.
Via FOXSports.com
April 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Dario Franchitti to Drive Camaro Z/28 Indy 500 Pace Car

Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti will drive a 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 to pace the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 25. It's the eighth time a Camaro has served as the pace car, starting in 1967 - and the 25th time a Chevrolet has paced the race.Franchitti won the Indy 500 in 2007, 2010 and 2012 and he is only the third driver ever to win at least...
Via Speedway Digest - Home for NASCAR News
March 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Franchitti to drive pace car for Indianapolis 500

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti will drive the pace car in the 98th running of the Indy 500 in May.
Via FOXSports.com
March 25, 2014  |  Discuss

IndyCar: Dario Franchitti To Drive Pace Car for 2014 Indianapolis 500

IndyCar Media Site INDIANAPOLIS- Dario Franchitti’s racing career may be over, but his driving career certainly isn’t done yet. The Scotsman, was chosen by the Verizon IndyCar Series and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to drive the pace car in this May’s 98th Running of the Indianapolis 500 (May 25th/12 PM/ABC). Sources have confirmed this move as the three-time Indy 500 champ...
Via Race Review Online
March 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Behind the Catch Fence – The Indy 500′s “Mt. Rushmore” of Drivers

IndyCar Media Site Even though the sleet and snow is still falling outside my window it’s not to early to start thinking about the Indy 500.  I’m looking forward to “Indy Cars & Coffee 2014 IndyCar Season Kickoff Tour” next Saturday, March 8 at the Dallara factory in Indianapolis.   For all of you in the area it looks like a great event.  Even though I am highly...
Via Race Review Online
March 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Ganassi eyeing development program for Sage Karam

Chip Ganassi Racing wants to build a driver development program around Sage Karam and is close to putting together a second full-time entry in the Tudor United SportsCar Championship that could pair the Indy Lights champion with Marino Franchitti. Franchitti and Karam were both part of Ganassi's two-car program in last weekend's Rolex 24 at Daytona. Ganassi team President Steve...
Via AP on Fox
January 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Franchitti returns to track as reluctant spectator for Rolex 24

Dario Franchitti was back with his Chip Ganassi Racing teammates at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, in street clothes, a reluctant spectator because of his forced retirement from racing. The three-time Indianapolis 500 winner announced in November that doctors had advised him it was too dangerous to resume his career following an accident in an IndyCar race at Houston in October. Franchitti...
Via AP on Fox
January 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Dario Franchitti returns to track as spectator

Dario Franchitti was back with his Chip Ganassi Racing teammates at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, in street clothes, a reluctant spectator because of his forced retirement from racing. The three-time Indianapolis 500 winner announced in November that doctors had advised him it was too dangerous to resume his career following an accident in an IndyCar race at Houston in October. Franchitti...
Via AP on Fox
January 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Return to IndyCar racing has Montoya feeling young, as if starting over

Juan Pablo Montoya feels like he is starting all over. The 2000 Indianapolis 500 champion and former Formula One driver has traded in his stock car for another chance at open-wheel racing. He's joined a new but formidable team, and he's spent most of the offseason getting acclimated to his new digs. All he has to do now is prove he can still win in these cars - and the 38-year...
Via AP on Fox
January 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Franchitti planning to keep his hands on racing

Dario Franchitti is beginning to feel better and that the effects of a lingering concussion have improved dramatically over the last three weeks. He's still not going to race. On Thursday, more than after a month announcing his retirement, the four-time IndyCar Series champion finally felt well enough to take questions at Ganassi's race shop in Indianapolis. Doctors instructed...
Via AP on Fox
December 19, 2013  |  Discuss

IndyCar: Tony Kanaan Officially Replaces Dario Franchitti in the No. 10 Chevy

Photo Courtesy of sportsillustrated.cnn.com INDIANAPOLIS- Chip Ganassi announced Friday his plans for his four-car Chip Ganassi Racing team in 2014. We already knew that 2013 IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon, Charlie Kimball and 2013 Indianapolis 500 champion Tony Kanaan would be with the team. That left one seat open as the organization decided to expand to a four car operation...
Via Race Review Online
December 13, 2013  |  Discuss
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