The Motor Sports Association wishes to congratulate Dario Franchitti, who this weekend claimed victory in the 94th Indianapolis 500 – the second time the Scotsman has won the most prestigious event in US motor racing.
Sharing the podium with reigning IndyCar Series champion Franchitti was Dan Wheldon, who completed a one-two for the UK.
MSA Chief Executive Colin Hilton said: “Dario’s first Indy 500 victory in 2007 was a terrific achievement, and by winning once again he has proved himself to be one of the world’s foremost racing drivers, as well as a superb ambassador for British motor sport. Having Dan alongside him on the podium further underlines the extraordinary racing talent that the UK continues to produce.”
Franchitti, aged 37 from Edinburgh, started his racing career in karts in his native Scotland while just 10 years old with almost immediate success. He won two British karting titles before moving into cars, winning the Formula Vauxhall Junior title in 1991 and Formula Vauxhall Lotus crown in 1993. By then he had already been voted winner of the prestigious McLaren Autosport Young Driver of the Year award (1992).
Following a strong debut season in the MSA British Formula 3 Championship, his international career brought wins for Mercedes-Benz in the FIA International Touring Car (ITC) championship. In 1997 he moved to the USA, where he contested six seasons of Champ Car World Series, missing out on the title in 1999 on a tiebreak after finishing level on points with Juan Pablo Montoya.
Franchitti’s career took a knock in 2000 when he badly injured his back in a motorcycle accident but, after a full recovery, he emerged once more as a top name in US motor sport; he scored his maiden Indianapolis 500 victory in 2007 en route to his first IndyCar Series title, which he captured for a second time in 2009.
Release MSA10-038: 1 June 2010
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