Dario Franchitti Announces Retirement from Racing
Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti announced Thursday he is retiring from racing.
Franchitti, who was injured in a final-lap crash in the second of two races in Houston in October, says the decision comes on the advice from his doctors. He says the doctors made it clear that "the risks involved in further racing are too great and could be detrimental to my long-term well being."
The four-time IndyCar Series Champion ends his career with 31 IndyCar wins, putting him tied for eighth on the all-time wins list. Franchitti is also sixth on the all-time list for pole positions with 33.
"Racing has been my life for over 30 years and it's really tough to think that the driving side is now over," Franchitti says. "I was really looking forward to the 2014 season with Target Chip Ganassi Racing, with a goal of winning a fourth Indianapolis 500 and a fifth IndyCar Series championship."
93 WIBC racing insider Mike Thomsen says Franchitti's retirement is a big loss for INDYCAR. "He's a fabulous ambassador for the sport and he's such a great guy, personally. It's going to be a big void in the paddock if he's not there every week because he's such an outstanding person."
Franchitti says he hopes to stay involved in an off-track capacity and hopes to continue working with Target Chip Ganassi Racing.