Sunday May 27, 2007 saw the 91st running of Indianapolis 500 take place at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. On that day, Dario Franchitti, driving for Andretti Green Racing started the race from third place behind team mate Tony Kanaan and pole sitter Helio Castroneves.

On lap 113 of the race with Franchitti in the No.27 Andretti Green Racing Honda in 5th place the race was red flagged due to rain at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Dario made his way through the field after starting the race from 14th place and on lap 163 of 200 the Scot leading the race when team mate Marco Andretti was involved in a heavy crash with Chip Ganassi Racing’s Dan Wheldon which brought out the pace car while ran began to fall.

The race was red flagged on lap 165 due to extremely heavy downpour meaning that he won the race.

Franchitti managed the double in 2007 winning his first Verizon IndyCar Series championship ending the year on 637 points just ahead of Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon.

Dario took a year out from IndyCar for 2008 joining Chip Ganassi Racing in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, returning to IndyCar in 2009 with Ganassi taking over the No.10 Target Chip Ganaasi Racing car from Dan Wheldon who joined Panther Racing, joining Scott Dixon in the No.9 Target car.

Wins at Long Beach, Iowa, Toronto, Sonoma and Homestead saw Franchitti secure his second IndyCar title on his return to the series. Ganassi cars won ten of the 17 races in the 2009 season.

In 2010 Dario took back to IndyCar Series championships and won his second Indianapolis 500 championship dominating the race, leading 155/200 laps and coming home just ahead of his former team mates Dan Wheldon and Marco Andretti. The 2010 Indianapolis 500 was Franchitti’s first win of the season, he went on to claim two more victories that year at Mid Ohio and Chicagoland winning the championship by five points from Team Penske’s Will Power.

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In 2011, Dario once again drove alongside Scott Dixon for Chip Ganassi Racing and successfully defended his IndyCar championship taking victory at the opening race, the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg along with wins in Milwaukee and New Hamphire, winning the championship ahead of Will Power.

In 2012, Dario scored one victory but it was an important one as he scored his third Indianapolis 500 championship.

The 2012 Indianapolis 500 was Franchitti’s final victory in the Verizon IndyCar Series. In 2013 he took four podium finishes at Pocono, Toronto race 1, Mid Ohio and Sonoma. Franchitti was forced to retire at the end of the 2013 season as a result of the injuries he sustained following a crash involving Takuma Sato and EJ Viso during race 2 in Houston.

Today Dario is still involved in the Verizon IndyCar Series as a driver coach with Chip Ganassi Racing working with rookie driver Max Chilton.

 

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