Franchitti open to potential broadcast role

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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 admitted it held some interest.

“Yeah, I’m open to it, absolutely,” Franchitti said. “If it was done in the right way, yes, I would be open to it.  I think whatever you do, though, you’ve got to do it properly.  That’s something I’d have to take into account.  Could I work with a team 100% and give 100% to that and be totally focused on that?  Broadcast, too.

“Could I do those things?  If I could, then I’d be interested in it.  There’s no point in doing anything half-assed.  Not the way I do things.  The guys here would get pretty pissed off pretty quickly.

“The reason for me to do something here would be to add something to the team.  The team here is pretty successful.  That’s an understatement obviously.  I have to add something if I’m going to come along.”

In 2013, Leigh Diffey anchored all of the NBCSN IndyCar broadcasts (except Long Beach due to another commitment) alongside full-time analyst Townsend Bell and third analysts Wally Dallenbach (most races), David Hobbs (Milwaukee), Steve Matchett (Toronto), Ryan Briscoe (Mid-Ohio) Gil de Ferran (Indianapolis 500 qualifying), Jon Beekhuis (Indianapolis 500 qualifying and Brazil) and Robin Miller (Brazil). Beekhuis, Miller, Kevin Lee, Marty Snider, Will Buxton and Brian Till patrolled pit lane throughout the year.

The ABC broadcasts have a vacancy for lead announcer with Marty Reid not returning to that post in 2014. Scott Goodyear and Eddie Cheever Jr. were color analysts alongside Reid in 2013, with Rick DeBruhl, Vince Welch, Jamie Little and Dr. Jerry Punch in the pits.

NBCSN will broadcast 13 of the 18 IndyCar races in 2014, with Long Beach and Barber in April and the last 11 in a row starting with the Saturday night race, June 7, at the Texas Motor Speedway.

Twin sisters chosen for Lincoln Tech-Schmidt Peterson Mentorship Program

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Lincoln Tech and Schmidt Peterson Motorsports announced a continuation of their long-time partnership earlier this year, and part of that partnership included a return of their mentorship program, which sees Lincoln Tech students join SPM’s team during select race weekends.

The ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway will add a new and interesting chapter to that program as the students selected happen to be twin sisters.

Jacqueline and Nathalie Mische, who are studying Automotive Technology at Lincoln Tech’s East Windsor, CT campus, will be part of James Hinchcliffe’s No. 5 Arrow Electronics Honda team during the Pocono weekend.

Jacqueline and Nathalie Mische will be part of James Hinchcliffe’s team at Pocono. Photo: IndyCar

What’s even more interesting is that Jacqueline and Nathalie previously worked in a hair salon as after graduating from beauty school. They explained that one of their Lincoln Tech instructors, Kristopher Fluckiger, put the idea of pursuing a career in the racing field in their heads.

“He was a Lincoln Tech graduate, and then he was actually a racer,” Natalie and Jacqueline said of Mr. Fluckiger in a video release by Lincoln Tech detailing their story. “When we had him for steering and suspension, he always told us about stagger and race cars. He integrated racing into everything he was teaching us.”

And the young women feel both humbled and surprised by the opportunity at hand.

“It’s still so surreal. When everyone told us that we got chosen – to be able to go, we feel honored that we get that opportunity,” Natalie revealed.

Jacqueline added, “Especially two of us from one campus, we kind of didn’t think we could (both get nominated).”

Kevin Clark, Director of Education at the East Windsor campus, spoke very highly of the Mische sisters and feels that they both earned the opportunity.

“(They) are truly deserving of this honor – being selected for the SPM Mentor program,” said Clark. “They are outstanding students with exceptional GPAs and near-perfect attendance. They are always upbeat, positive, and smiling while actively engaged in their education and helping others.”

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