Dario Franchitti
Dec 19

IndyCar: Franchitti Planning To Keep Hands On Racing

IndyCar: Dario Franchitti Is Planning To Keep His Hands On Racing

Dario Franchitti, former driver of the #10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda Dallara. (Photo: Getty Images)

Dario Franchitti hobbled into Thursday’s news conference on crutches and sat down between IndyCar’s two most cherished prizes — the series championship trophy and the Indianapolis 500 trophy.

That’s when it all hit home for Tony Kanaan, Chip Ganassi’s employees — and Franchitti himself.

He is done racing.

Dec 13

IndyCar: Briscoe Joins Ganassi, Kanaan Takes Over Franchitti’s Vacated Target Seat

Ryan Briscoe will drive the No. 8 machine for Chip Ganassi Racing in 2014. (Photo: Getty Images)

Ryan Briscoe will drive the No. 8 machine for Chip Ganassi Racing in 2014. (Photo: Getty Images)

Chip Ganassi Racing Teams (CGRT) and NTT DATA, a leading global IT services provider, announced today they have signed IndyCar veteran and seven-time winner Ryan Briscoe to drive the No. 8 NTT DATA Chevrolet in the IndyCar Series.

Along with the signing of Briscoe, Tony Kanaan will move into the seat vacated by four-time IndyCar Series Champion and three-time Indianapolis 500 Winner Dario Franchitti in the No. 10 Target Chevrolet. Kanaan will run alongside three-time and reigning IndyCar Series Champion and Indianapolis 500 Winner Scott Dixon as part of Team Target.

Nov 17

IndyCar: Franchitti’s Vacated Seat Could Be Filled By Kanaan

Tony Kanaan (right) could drive the No. 10 Target-sponsored car recently vacated when Dario Franchitti (left) was forced to retire. (Photo: Getty Images)

Tony Kanaan (right) could drive the No. 10 Target-sponsored car recently vacated when Dario Franchitti (left) was forced to retire. (Photo: Getty Images)

IndyCar driver Tony Kanaan showed up at NASCAR’s season finale wearing a red Target hat.

It may have been a show of support.

It also may have been a sign of things to come.

Kanaan, a Miami native, spent time with car owner Chip Ganassi as well as close friend Juan Pablo Montoya at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday. But Kanaan offered no insight into what changes might happen at Target Chip Ganassi Racing in the coming weeks.

Nov 15

IndyCar: Franchitti Respected By Fans, Competitors Alike

Dario Franchitti celebrates after winning his third Indianapolis 500 on May 27, 2012. (Photo: Getty Images)

Dario Franchitti celebrates after winning his third Indianapolis 500 on May 27, 2012. (Photo: Getty Images)

Target Chip Ganassi Racing announced Thursday that Dario Franchitti will no longer compete in motor sports racing, citing injuries he suffered in a crash Oct. 6.

Franchitti suffered two spinal fractures, a fractured right ankle and a concussion in a vicious crash at the Houston Grand Prix where his car went airborne and into a catchfence.

Since the crash, Franchitti has been under the care of doctors and nurses who have advised the 40-year-old Scotsman to step away from racing. The doctors pinpointed an increased risk of re-injury to Franchitti’s head and spine, which could affect his future health.