Recently retired open-wheel champion Dario Franchitti has earned a well-deserved honor – or rather, Honour.
The three-time Indianapolis 500 winner and four-time Verizon IndyCar Series champion has been made an Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) “for services to motor racing” as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Franchitti, a native of Scotland, was forced to retire over this past off-season as a result of his injuries sustained last October in a crash at Houston.
But his status as one of the top competitors of his generation is safely secure with Indy 500 wins in 2007, 2010, and 2012; IndyCar crowns in 2007, 2009, 2010, and 2011; and 31 race wins (10 CART, 21 IRL/IndyCar), which puts him eighth alongside Paul Tracy and Sebastien Bourdais on the all-time wins list in American open-wheel.
Since then, Franchitti has worked in an advisory role with Target Chip Ganassi Racing and recently drove the pace car at last month’s 98th Running of the ‘500.’
His brother/sports car racer Marino, sister Carla, and Holly Wheldon (the sister of late two-time Indy 500 champ Dan Wheldon) are among those that have congratulated Dario this afternoon on social media…
And of course, all of us at MotorSportsTalk give Mr. Franchitti our congratulations as well!