Dario Franchitti

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Dario Franchitti

He studied at the college Franchitti Suart Melville. In 2007 Dario Franchitti became the champion of the series «IndyCar». In the same year the BBC Scotland called him “Man of the Year” in the sport.

Author: Denis Pravdyuk

The Scottish race car driver Dario Franchitti of Italian origin who was born May 19, 1973 in the city of Bathgate, West Lothian in Scotland. When Lario was eight years old, the family moved to the nearby Uitburn. He studied at the college Franchitti Suart Melville. In 2007 Dario Franchitti became the champion of the series «IndyCar». In the same year the BBC Scotland called him “Man of the Year” in the sport.

His career racer Dario Franchitti started in 1984 in karting. Here he won the Scottish Junior Championships in 1984 and the following two years, the winner of the British Junior Championship. In 1988 Dario wins British adult championship. Next season, Franchitti starts in the “Formula Voskholl”, and in 1991 became its winner. In 1992, Dario goes in the “Formula Vauxhall Lotus”and ends the season in fourth place. In the same year he received the award «McLaren / Autosport»”Best young rider of the year.”In 1993, Franchitti wins in the series, and goes into”British F3.” Season Dario finishes fourth. It was the last European season, which was attended by Dario Franchitti.

Franchitti gets a contract to participate in the German Touring Car Championship DTM (Deutsche Tourenwagen-Meisterschaft), which became the fifth. He also participated in the new championship ITC (International Touringcar Series) created under the auspices of the FIA. There he became the third, winning one of the races. In 1996, Franchitti wins another victory, taking fourth place in the end.

After the collapse of the championship in 1996, Dario signed a contract with “Mercedes”, he moves across the ocean and begins to speak in a series of command Champkar «Hogan Racing». Throughout the season, Franchitti did not rise above the ninth place (Surfers Paradise), and the following season joined the team «Team Green», which was one of the leaders of the championship. Its speed is instantly changed. He wins three victories, finished the championship in third place. Season 1999 nearly brought him victory in the series. Dario for all races scored 212 points, the same number was Juan Pablo Mantoyi. However, Montoya became the champion of the fact that he had seven victories in races against three victories won by Franchitti. In the same year, on the last decisive race in California lost a close friend of Dario, the Canadian driver Greg Moore.

In early 2000, Dario Franchitti had an accident on the pre-season tests, so the whole season he was forced to miss. And in 2001 he was able to win only one victory (in Cleveland). In 2002, Franchitti wins «Vancouver Molson Indy». It was here that he lived Greg Moore. Dario and he dedicated the victory. Season he finished in fourth place.

2003 Dario Franchitti started with «Andretti Green Racing», which replaced the «Team Green». The team played in «Indy Racing League» (IRL), but Dario just participated in three races. After a motorcycle accident that happened to him in Scotland, he was forced to postpone the conquest of the championship next year. In 2004, he won two victories, becoming eventually the sixth in the championship. The following season, he became the fourth, gaining two victories.

In 2006, Dario Franchitti began to think about moving to another team, particularly in the «ALMS», where he performed his younger brother Marino. But all remained at the negotiation stage and the championship Dario finished in eighth place. But 2007 brought Franchitti long-awaited victory. He became champion IRL, ahead by 13 points Scott Dixon. During the season, he scored four wins, including on “Indi500” in Indianapolis.

At the end of the season Franchitti said his transition team Chip Genassi in NASCAR Sprint Cup, where his partner was Juan Pablo Montoya. However, his performance in NASCAR can not be called successful. He did not always get to the start, and when finished, the tail. On top of that, in the spring, he broke his arm and the end of summer could not take part in the race.

During his career Lario Franconi participated in 65 starts and 8 finished first.

Dario Franchitti married to the American actress Ashley Judd. The history of marriage proposal that made Dario. Once in a dream (or perhaps not), Ashley saw a wedding ring, which he dreamed all his life – a ring with a rectangular diamond. She told about this Franchitti and race driver lover have only go in search of a treasured gift. For five months he spent on the search for, and when he found desirable, Ashley, of course, said yes to his proposal. The wedding took place in 2001 at Skibo Castle, near Dornoch Scottish city. Gradually Judd has turned into a real racing fan and connoisseur of the subtleties of the sport. It is present in all competitions, which was attended by Dario and strongly supports dear husband. Now the couple live near the city of Franklin, Tenn.

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