IndyCar Driver Preview: Dario Franchitti

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#10 Dario Franchitti

  • Team: Target Chip Ganassi Racing
  • Engine: Honda
  • Sponsors: Target
  • 2012: Seventh Place, 1 Win, 3 Poles

2012 WRAP: Franchitti couldn’t complete his quartet of consecutive championships, as he initially struggled to come to grips with the new Dallara DW12 chassis. Still, he won his third Indianapolis 500 after a gripping duel with teammate Dixon and Takuma Sato. That was the only highlight in a year that, like Dixon’s, had its share of bad luck and missed opportunities. In the five races he either qualified on pole or inherited the top spot after other drivers incurred 10-spot grid penalties, he had only one top-10 finish.

2013 OUTLOOK: Franchitti will turn 40 in May, and by pure numbers is the series’ elder statesman among full-time drivers. But that’s hardly a demerit. Franchitti is still driving as well as he ever has and has two points of motivation this year. Almost out of nowhere, he now has a chance to enter the four-time winner’s club at Indianapolis, and additionally he’ll want a rebound after a largely forgettable 2012. Like Dixon, he will contend for wins and the title once again.