Tag Archives: Dario Franchitti

Open Wheel Wednesday: Thoughts On The IndyCar Finale

The Verizon IndyCar championship will be decided this weekend.  The race, being held at Auto Club Speedway, on Saturday night, is likely to be captivating, with a battle down to the end between Penske teammates Will Power and Helio Castroneves.  Should they both find a banana peel on the racetrack, …

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Scott Speed Driver Diary: Getting Hitched, Danica, and Racing With Kyle in Cars and on Dolphins!

First off, I have to say that things are going quite well in my first week of marriage. Amanda and I tied the knot over the off-weekend and everything worked out well. The weather was good, which was important because it was an outside ceremony. We’ll have to wait a little bit for our honeymoon though, which will be the next off-weekend in August. We’ll be going to the Caribbean so I’m looking forward to that.

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NASCAR News for Tuesday, April 21, 2009

FOX Sees Ratings Fall at Phoenix The ratings numbers that came out following Saturday night’s race at Phoenix certainly didn’t have the same feel good story behind them that Mark Martin’s win did. Overnight ratings show a 18% decrease in viewership over last year’s race and an all-time low for …

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2008 Driver Review: Dario Franchitti

Dario Franchitti won the Rolex 24 with teammate Juan Pablo Montoya, Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas and came into the 2008 season with solid expectations for a good rookie campaign and a spirited battle for Rookie of the Year honors. But it just wasn’t to be and all told, Franchitti ran just 10 races at the Sprint Cup level, with an average finish of 34th and one lap led under caution at Fontana. Simply put, Franchitti was more a victim of timing than necessarily a lack of driving talent. Rather, he was undone by the tough economic times, associated sponsor woes, and the ongoing struggles for performance at Chip Ganassi Racing. The irony is Franchitti survived two flips: first at Michigan: and then again the following week at Kentucky during the 2007 IRL season.

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2008 Sprint Cup Rookie Report Cards: Economic Woes and Poor Performances Leave Their Mark

After a successful freshman campaign by Juan Pablo Montoya which included a win at Infineon, that trend set the tone for the freshman class of 2008, as four out of the six Rookie of the Year candidates were open-wheel converts. Just nine months later, there is a very real difference for those open wheelers that debuted in '08 as compared to '07 -- just one of them appears ready to survive for a second season. What went wrong, and could their mistakes have been corrected? It’s now time for Professor Lumbis to grade their performance throughout the season, and take a look at the other new faces that emerged onto the scene and what the future may hold for them.

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Fanning the Flames: Recent Hires Show NASCAR Owners Heading In A Familiar Direction

Q: Hi Matt! My question is about Dario Franchitti. I can’t say I was surprised to see him not perform well in his first season. Not that Dario isn’t a great driver... he is, just not in NASCAR. My question is, do you think Chip Ganassi pulled the trigger too early on Franchitti, or did he want to go back to open-wheel anyway?

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2008 Food City 250 at Bristol

Friday night was the night Clint Bowyer was looking for. After enduring weeks of poor-handling racecars and seeing his points lead diminish, Bowyer and the No. 2 team found themselves amongst the class of the field. By lap 106, they took the lead and never looked back... that is, until lap 227. Bowyer -- in the lead with no surrounding lapped traffic -- got loose exiting turn 1 and slipped up the racetrack, opening the door for Brad Keselowski. Finishing off a charge to the front from his 37th starting spot, Keselowski flew by Bowyer and led the remainder of the race, scoring his second Nationwide Series win of the season and of his career.

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Nationwide Series Breakdown: 2008 Zippo 200 at Watkins Glen

Unlike last weekend at Montreal, Marcos Ambrose did not have the best car in the field. But unlike last weekend, Ambrose capitalized during Saturday's race at Watkins Glen, scoring his first career NASCAR victory with a win in the Zippo 200. Ambrose ran in the third position for most of the event’s second half, stalking a furious battle between Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Burton that saw both Cup stars forced to pit with less than 10 laps to go for fuel. Ambrose then cruised to an easy win, which also catapulted his No. 59 into the top 10 in Nationwide Series points.

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Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Mid-Term Grades – Reviewing The Rocky Rookie Road

The season is just past the halfway point, which means it’s time for Professor Lumbis to issue his midterm report cards for the 2008 rookie class. Get out your Tums, though -- as after team closures, numerous wrecks, and poor finishes, this report is sure to give some readers agita after reading about the dreadful performances turned in by the rookies so far this year.

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Sprint Cup Rookie Report: Rough Ride For NASCAR Freshmen At Chicagoland

As the title of the article says, the rookies just simply did not show up in Chicagoland Saturday night. Last week, every rookie finished on the lead lap; but this week, they struggled to simply stay in touch with the rest of the field. Patrick Carpentier wound up being the highest finishing freshman of a mediocre bunch, coming home the first driver one lap down in 30th place. That marked his second straight high rookie finish of the season; but unlike at Daytona, where the No. 10 car came home 14th, Carpentier was never a factor at any point throughout the night.

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