Four time IndyCar Series champion and three time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti took to Twitter on Saturday to recall how his return to IndyCar.
In 2008, the Scot visited the IndyCar paddock for the race in Detroit to see his brother Marino compete in a support race to IndyCar and said that he had no intention of returning to IndyCar however that soon changed after he saw Scott he met with Chip Ganassi Racing Managing Director Mike Hull.
Franchitti recalls saying to Hull that the good drives for 2009 were taken to which Hull replied not so fast. Shortly after this conversation but still at the Detroit race Franchitti met with team owner Chip Ganassi and the deal for the Scot to return to IndyCar was signed. Franchitti, having seen how dominate Scott Dixon had been in 2008 winning the Indy 500 and the championship was a little concerned as to how he would fair against the Iceman.
Franchitti made his return to IndyCar with Chip Ganassi Racing in the No.10 Target Honda vacated by Dan Wheldon who made the move to Panther Racing for the non championship Nikon Indy 300 at Surfers Pardise where he qualified in fourth place just behind Will Power, Scott Dixon and Ryan Hunter Reay. In the race Franchitti finished the event in 16th place.
The 2009 season turned out to be a fantastic year for Dario and Chip Ganassi Racing as the Scot won his second championship claiming five race wins.
In 2010, Dario returned to Ganassi with Scott Dixon and not only won the championship but also won his second Indianapolis 500. The dream team had very much made it, the Scot, claimed three wins and beat Will Power by five points.
In 2011, IndyCar decided the championship in two with an oval and road course championship. Franchitti won the oval championship while Team Penske’s Will Power won the road course title.
A new chassis was being introduced by Dallara in 2012 and following the death of Dan Wheldon in 2011 and the new chassis was named the DW12 in honor of the Englishman. The Scot won his third Indianapolis 500.