BIRMINGHAM, UK – Four-time Verizon IndyCar Series champion Dario Franchitti has revealed that he had an LMP1 drive with Porsche lined up for 2015 before his career-ending accident at Houston in 2013.
Franchitti was forced to call time on his 17-year stint in IndyCar after suffering head, spine and back injuries after crashing out of the Shell-Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston.
The Scotsman remains involved in motorsport with Chip Ganassi Racing and acts as a co-commentator in Formula E, and made an appearance at Autosport International in Birmingham, England on Saturday.
Franchitti revealed during an interview on the main stage that he was poised to link up with Porsche from 2015, racing in one of its LMP1 919 Hybrid cars at Le Mans once he’d finished his IndyCar career.
“I’d have liked to have done Le Mans. That was the big dream,” Franchitti said.
“I had a great drive lined up for 2015 there, actually in LMP1. I’m a big Porsche fan, literally my phone is full of pictures of Porsches. I love the brand.
“I became friends with Wolfgang Hatz, who is the head of research and development there, and I talked to him a bit about it and he said to come along.
“So I went to Weissach and had a big top secret meeting with Andreas Seidl and the guys there.
“I said I wanted one more chance at Indy. I wanted to do 2013 and ’14 and then I said I’d be done with IndyCar and then I wanted to come.
“He said that was fine, and it fitted in with their plan. It just didn’t happen.”
Porsche ran a third car at Le Mans in 2015 as Nick Tandy, Earl Bamber and Formula 1 racer Nico Hulkenberg claimed a famous victory at the Circuit de la Sarthe.