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George Dario Marino Franchitti, MBE , known professionally as Dario Franchitti, is a retired British racing driver. He is a four time IndyCar Series champion , a three time winner of the Indianapolis 500 as well as a winner of the 24 Hours of Daytona . Franchitti started his career in his native United Kingdom in the early 1990s, competing in Formula Vauxhall and Formula Three and was also the winner of the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award in 1992. After Franchitti did not secure a single-seater drive in 1995, he was contracted by the AMG team to compete in touring cars in the DTM and its successor — the International Touring Car Championship. Despite 2 seasons with relative success, the series folded at the end of the 1996 season, again leaving Franchitti without a drive. Mercedes placed Franchitti in CART in 1997 with the Hogan Racing team.

Dario Franchitti
Dario Franchitti - 2015 Indianapolis 500 - Stierch 2.jpg
Dario Franchitti at the 2015 Indianapolis 500
Nationality United Kingdom British
Born George Dario Marino Franchitti
(1973-05-19) 19 May 1973 (age 43)
Bathgate, West Lothian, Scotland, UK
Championship titles
2007, 2009, 2010, 2011 IndyCar Series Champion
2007, 2010, 2012 Indianapolis 500 Winner
Awards
1992 McLaren Autosport Award
2001 Greg Moore Legacy Award
2009 BRDC Gold Star
IndyCar Series career
151 races run over 11 years
Best finish 1st (2007, 2009, 2010, 2011)
First race 2002 Indianapolis 500 (Indianapolis)
Last race 2013 Grand Prix of Houston (Reliant Park)
First win 2004 Menards A.J. Foyt 225 (Milwaukee)
Last win 2012 Indianapolis 500 (Indianapolis)
Wins Podiums Poles
21 57 23
Champ Car career
114 races run over 6 years
Best finish 2nd (1999)
First race 1997 Marlboro Grand Prix of Miami (Homestead)
Last race 2002 Mexico Gran Premio Telmex/Gigante (Mexico City)
First win 1998 Texaco/Havoline 200 (Road America)
Last win 2002 Sure For Men Rockingham 500 (Rockingham UK)
Wins Podiums Poles
10 32 11
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career
10 races run over 1 year
Best finish 49th (2008)
First race 2008 Daytona 500 (Daytona)
Last race 2008 Lenox Industrial Tools 300 (Loudon)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
18 races run over 2 years
Best finish 35th (2008)
First race 2007 Sam's Town 250 (Memphis)
Last race 2008 Food City 250 (Bristol)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 2 1
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
2 races run over 1 year
Best finish 107th (2007)
First race 2007 Kroger 200 (Martinsville)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0

George Dario Marino Franchitti, MBE (born 19 May 1973), known professionally as Dario Franchitti, is a retired British racing driver. He is a four time IndyCar Series champion (2007, 2009, 2010, 2011), a three time winner of the Indianapolis 500 (2007, 2010, 2012) as well as a winner of the 24 Hours of Daytona (2008). Franchitti started his career in his native United Kingdom in the early 1990s, competing in Formula Vauxhall and Formula Three and was also the winner of the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award in 1992. After Franchitti did not secure a single-seater drive in 1995, he was contracted by the AMG team to compete in touring cars in the DTM and its successor — the International Touring Car Championship. Despite 2 seasons with relative success, the series folded at the end of the 1996 season, again leaving Franchitti without a drive. Mercedes placed Franchitti in CART in 1997 with the Hogan Racing team.

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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.

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