Franchitti (27) started from the front row at Indianapolis in 2007, and went on to win his first 500.
Photo: Jim Hatfield
That’s some ride from West Lothian, Scotland to winning the great Indianapolis 500 three times, not to mention four IndyCar Series Championships. It’s a ride Dario Franchitti took from 1996 until 2013.
On the way Dario, born in Bathgate, West Lothian on May 19, 1973, and whose family has profound Italian roots, won national and international kart championships, a Formula Vauxhall Junior title, raced Formula Three and scored top placings in Germany’s DTM touring car championship. After that, off he went to the United States in 1996 at the behest of Mercedes’ then motor sport boss, Norbert Haug. There, he astounded all who watched his stunning rise to the top of his profession, all of which ended on November 14, 2013, when he announced he would retire from the sport following a horrendous accident a month earlier at the Grand Prix of Houston.
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