Franchitti’s driving record and achievements have earned the popular driver a legendary status in Indy car racing. He ends his storied racing career with 31 Indy car victories (tied for eighth in all-time wins), 33 pole positions (sixth all-time), four IndyCar Series championships, and three Indianapolis 500 wins. Dario Franchitti has been the face of the IndyCar Series since he returned in 2009 following a brief stint in NASCAR. He won three straight titles from 2009 -2011, and two of his three Indianapolis 500 wins.
Franchitti’s forced early retirement is a real blow to the IndyCar Series, which certainly needs more driving stars like him in the field. Dario Franchitti’s talent, popularity, and personality have earned him a special, well-respected status among fellow drivers, race fans, race officials, and sponsors.
Hopefully for the IndyCar Series, Franchitti can get his stated wish of “being able to continue in some off-track capacity with the IndyCar Series.”
It would be wise for the IndyCar Series officials to provide a way for a famous driver of Franchitti’s stature help improve the Series. After all, he admitted in his retirement statement that he loves “open-wheel racing, and I want to see it succeed.”
This way Franchitti could definitely be a positive force in helping create a better IndyCar Series, and a different kind of personal motor sports legacy - outside the driver’s cockpit!