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10Dario Franchitti

IndyCar Series

Team: Chip Ganassi Racing

Sponsors: Chip Ganassi Racing, Target, Fujifilm, Energizer, Troy Lee Designs

Edinburgh, Scotland

Who is the most influential person in your life?
George Franchitti, Father

What is your favorie race track?
Mugello International Racetrack (Mugello, Italy)

Who is your favorite musician?
Elton John


A Scotsman of Italian heritage, Dario Franchitti is known as one of the IndyCar Series' most intense personalities.

Franchitti got his first big break when he competed as part of Formula One driver Jackie Stewart and son Paul's "Staircase of Talent" in the early 1990s. The young Scot felt as if royalty was calling the day the telephone rang, and the Formula One legend was on the other end of the line.

Franchitti, who is married to actress Ashley Judd, has a quick-wit and personality and it's easy to understand why he enjoys a certain degree of fame but prefers to be thought of as just another "down home" guy who lives in the mountains of Tennessee.