Motor Racing: Dario Franchitti

With 261 starts under his belt in Indy car racing resulting in 31 wins, 32 poles, 116 top-five and 161 top-10 finishes (1997-2013), Dario is the most successful British racing driver in U.S. open-wheel history and has accumulated a wealth of trophies in his time on the track, winning races on road courses, street courses, short ovals and superspeedways and he is one of only 12 drivers to win a race in the IndyCar Series and CART.

Dario won three consecutive IZOD IndyCar Series titles in four years, including two wins at the iconic Indianapolis 500 (2010, 2012). He is one of only five drivers to win the Indianapolis 500 and the series title in the same season more than once. By winning the 2012 Indianapolis 500, he became the 10th driver in history to win the race three times.

A fourth IndyCar title in 2011 moved him into a tie for second place on the all-time list for most IndyCar Champioships (A.J. Foyt - 7 / Mario Andretti/Sebastien Bourdais/Franchitti - 4).  He is only the third driver in IndyCar history to win at least three titles in a row (Ted Horn: 1946-1948 / Bourdais 2004-2007).

It was regular trips to watch his father race at Ingliston that first captured a young Dario's imagination and interest in motorsport. 

"My earliest memories of going with him were sitting in this great scaffolding grandstand. I can still picture exactly where I would sit, there are still certain sounds or smells that as soon as I'm exposed to them, they take me right back there in an instant. I'd have a hot dog and sit there for hours watching."

A successful career in karting ensued, capturing the Scottish & British junior titles and the Scottish senior title before graduating into Formula Vauxhall. 

"The first time I drove on a full race circuit though was at Knockhill. It was towards the end of the year and was pretty cold and very wet! I'd been driving on the roads since June that year. David Leslie Snr was there and I think David Jnr may have been there too. I drove his Formula Ford and as it was someone else's car, I was determined not to make any mistakes. What stands out from that experience was the feeling of the cold air coming up the main straight, but the sensation of speed was totally different.

The memories and feelings of winning the three Indy 500's and four championships are all so different. The highs and lows of sport are incredible, I hope you enjoy reading some of my memories and add some of your own"

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