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  1. Verizon IndyCar Notes & Quotes: Long Beach Friday

    Apr 12, 2014, 12:51 AM EDT

    PT and Dario

    A whole lot of Dario Franchitti tidbits as the Verizon IndyCar Series has its first two practice sessions at Long Beach.

  2. Dario Franchitti to drive Indy 500 pace car (UPDATED)

    Mar 25, 2014, 10:09 AM EDT

    Photo: IMS

    The Scotsman will become the next in a long line of former Indy winners to have driven the ’500′ pace car.

  3. Kanaan set for more than just Indy 500 success with Ganassi switch in 2014

    Mar 10, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan

    Tony Kanaan takes over No. 10 Target ride, and seeks a return to title contention.

  4. Franchitti: “It’s going to take a while to get back to normal”

    Mar 2, 2014, 1:30 PM EDT

    Indianapolis 500 - Practice

    The retired three-time Indy 500 winner reveals he can drive a road car again but still has a long way to go in his recovery efforts.

  5. Kanaan has chance to extend best friends’ legacy in Ganassi’s No. 10

    Dec 20, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT

    Chip Ganassi, Tony Kanaan

    We’ve written a lot in the week since Ryan Briscoe was picked to be Chip Ganassi Racing’s fourth driver about his return to the team, but not nearly as much about reigning Indianapolis 500 champion Tony Kanaan actually taking over the No. 10 Target IndyCar from Dario Franchitti. Things are coming a bit full circle…

  6. Franchitti open to potential broadcast role

    Dec 19, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

    Indianapolis 500 - Practice

    While Dario Franchitti discussed the process leading up to his retirement and recalled some of his best racing memories, he also addressed the future during his media availability on Thursday. The Scot seems to desire a future team role with Target Chip Ganassi Racing, but when asked of the potential to go into broadcasting, Franchitti…

  7. Dario Franchitti discusses retirement and his future (VIDEO)

    Dec 19, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Honda Grand Prix Of St. Petersburg - Day 1

    For the first time since his career-ending accident this past October at the Shell/Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston, four-time IndyCar Series champion and three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti held a press conference today in Indianapolis to talk about his retirement and his future going forward in the sport. Franchitti sustained multiple injuries, including a…

  8. In choosing Briscoe, Ganassi shows that experience matters

    Dec 14, 2013, 1:10 PM EDT

    Grand Prix of Baltimore - Day 1

    In the end, Chip Ganassi played it safe. Time will tell if that pays off for him. But in signing Ryan Briscoe to take over the fourth seat at his team, Ganassi is betting on veteran leadership to win the day. And when you’re chasing a championship on an annual basis, that quality is very…

  9. TCGR sets press conference for Friday regarding 2014 season

    Dec 11, 2013, 7:15 PM EDT

    GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma - Day 2

    We may be on the verge of finding out who will replace the retired Dario Franchitti in the No. 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet (pictured) for the 2014 IndyCar Series. This afternoon, TCGR confirmed a press conference for Friday morning at the Performance Racing Industry trade show that’s currently ongoing in Indianapolis. The release…

  10. Franchitti’s ride appears down to Briscoe or Tagliani vs. the field

    Dec 8, 2013, 10:36 AM EDT

    Indianapolis 500 - Practice

    Target Chip Ganassi Racing appears close to unwrapping an early Christmas present, in the form of the replacement for the retired Dario Franchitti in its No. 10 Target Chevrolet for 2014 in the very near future. Reports from both Autosport and RACER this week have more or less narrowed the field of contenders, at least…

  11. Kanaan’s image unveiled on Indy 500′s Borg-Warner Trophy

    Dec 2, 2013, 4:23 PM EDT

    DSC_0814

    After seeing his face on the Borg-Warner Trophy for the first time today in Indianapolis, 2013 Indy 500 champion Tony Kanaan was complimentary of those who worked on his bas-relief image. “I look better than I thought,” the Brazilian said during a special ceremony at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s Hall of Fame Museum. Kanaan’s place…

  12. Report: Franchitti wants role with Ganassi next season

    Dec 2, 2013, 12:35 PM EDT

    Dario Franchitti

    After retiring last month due to injuries sustained in an October accident at the Shell/Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston, four-time IndyCar champion and three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti has expressed his wishes to return to the paddock in some role with Chip Ganassi Racing. “Chip and I have talked about something next year, I’d…

  13. IndyCar Driver Review: Dario Franchitti

    Nov 26, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

    Shell And Pennzoil Grand Prix Of Houston

    With the IndyCar season in the books and a limited amount of news to come since the season finale at Fontana, my MotorSportsTalk colleague Chris Estrada and are taking a look back at the 2013 season just past. Chris and I each ranked our top 10 drivers and some of the biggest stories; now we take a look back at…

  14. A tribute to Franchitti’s on-track success (VIDEO)

    Nov 20, 2013, 5:08 PM EDT

    IndyCar Pocono Test Auto Racing

    The awesome folks who produce the video for the IndyCar Series, IMS Productions, along with IndyCar directly, have put together this video tribute to the highlights of Dario Franchitti’s illustrious 17-year series career. Franchitti entered as a 23-year-old with the Hogan Racing team in the 1997 CART series, then moved to Team KOOL Green in…

  15. So who could fill Franchitti’s seat at Ganassi?

    Nov 19, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma - Day 2

    With all the on-track action at Austin (Formula One) and Homestead (NASCAR) this weekend, the “let’s think and evaluate about potential Ganassi drivers” post went unwritten here on MotorSportsTalk. Indeed the news Dario Franchitti had to retire due to his injuries sustained at Houston was the tip of the iceberg in terms of this story.…

  16. Report: Could di Resta jump to IndyCar?

    Nov 19, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

    Force India Formula One driver Paul di Resta of Britain reacts in the garage during the first practice session of the Malaysian F1 Grand Prix at Sepang International Circuit outside Kuala Lumpur

    Paul di Resta’s future with Force India in Formula One is far from certain, the Scot may have to shift his focus stateside to IndyCar. The cousin of now retired star Dario Franchitti, di Resta admitted in an interview with The Guardian in the UK that IndyCar needs to be taken seriously as an option. “I’ve…

  17. Ganassi weighing whether veteran or up-and-comer should join team (VIDEO)

    Nov 15, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Indianapolis 500 - Practice

    UPDATE, 2:00 p.m. ET: NBCSN IndyCar reporter Marty Snider called into NBCSN’s “SportsDash” on Friday to discuss Franchitti’s injuries and his retirement. ORIGINAL, 12:30 p.m. ET: Chip Ganassi took time from his hectic schedule at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series finale to discuss the Dario Franchitti forced retirement news and outline preliminary plans for the No. 10…

  18. MST: First reactions to Franchitti’s legacy and retirement

    Nov 15, 2013, 7:14 AM EDT

    Indianapolis 500

    Some quick thoughts are below from my MotorSportsTalk colleague Chris Estrada and I this morning – written late yesterday – on Dario Franchitti’s forced retirement: Tony DiZinno: I guess immediacy is the nature of the game these days, so rather than give the Dario Franchitti retirement news a little time to stew (and my suggestion…

  19. Reactions pour in to Franchitti retirement news

    Nov 14, 2013, 5:29 PM EDT

    Dario Franchitti

    Unsurprisingly, there’s been an overwhelming outpouring of reactions to the news Dario Franchitti will be forced to retire from racing after his injuries suffered in Houston. We sifted through Twitter and several statements – they’re coming pretty fast and furious – and suffice to say the below copy is no means complete. There are hundreds,…

  20. Franchitti forced to retire after Houston injuries (VIDEO)

    Nov 14, 2013, 3:23 PM EDT

    Shell And Pennzoil Grand Prix Of Houston

    Dario Franchitti has announced that as a result of his injuries suffered at Houston in October, he will be forced to stop his racing career. Franchitti will leave IndyCar racing after four championships and three Indianapolis 500 victories. Here’s his statement in full, released on the Target Chip Ganassi Racing website: “Since my racing accident…

  21. Estrada: Top 10 IndyCar Drivers of 2013

    Nov 13, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    MAVTV 500

    Alright, boys and girls, it’s my turn now. The 2013 IndyCar season has been complete for about a month, so it’s a good time to get my Top 10 drivers’ list for 2013 out in the open. Feel free to check out my colleague Tony DiZinno’s list as well. Let’s get started, shall we? —…

  22. DiZinno: Top 10 IndyCar Drivers of 2013

    Nov 12, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT

    Shell And Pennzoil Grand Prix Of Houston

    It’s that time of year again when all the pundits rank the season just passed. With some time to reflect on the 2013 IndyCar Series season, my top-10 drivers are below, and my MotorSportsTalk colleague Chris Estrada’s will follow. Without further adieu: 1. Scott Dixon If the rest of the top 10 and beyond is…

  23. Franchitti undergoes successful second surgery on fractured ankle

    Oct 14, 2013, 5:30 PM EDT

    Dario Franchitti

    An update issued this afternoon from Target Chip Ganassi Racing reports that three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti underwent surgery earlier today to repair the talus bone in his fractured right ankle. The procedure lasted a little over three hours. “Dr. Tim Weber repaired Dario’s ankle and his surgery went perfectly and just as planned,”…

  24. Marino Franchitti to wear brother Dario’s helmet at Petit Le Mans this week

    Oct 14, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT

    The brothers Franchitti earlier this year (Tony DiZinno)

    If you saw pictures of American Le Mans Series testing at Atlanta on Sunday and saw what looked like Dario Franchitti’s helmet in action, you weren’t seeing things. You were, in fact, seeing Franchitti’s helmet being worn by younger brother Marino, who competes full-time with Level 5 Motorsports in the team’s HPD ARX-03b P2 class…

  25. Franchitti released from hospital; en route back to Indy

    Oct 10, 2013, 3:27 PM EDT

    Franchitti leaving hospital (Photo via @TCGRTeams Twitter)

    Dario Franchitti has been released from Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center in Houston this afternoon. The driver of the No. 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda will be en route back to Indianapolis for further evaluation and await a second surgery to his right ankle, per a team report. “I’m overwhelmed by the outpouring of…

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