Published on September 3rd, 2008 | by Michael J Smith0
Franchitti To Return To IRL, Replace Weldon at CGR
Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) announced that Dario Franchitti will drive the team’s No. 10 Target Dallara Honda in the IndyCar Series next year. The former IndyCar champion and Indy 500 winner will become a teammate to Scott Dixon in the Indy Racing League.
Franchitti drove Ganassi’s No. 40 Dodge in the Sprint Cup Series before the team was shut down due to a lack of sponsorship. Franchitti missed a few races because of an injury he sustained at the Nationwide race at Talladega Superspeedway. He also missed some races due to being outside of the top 35 in owner points.
Some believed that Franchitti was the frontrunner to replace Reed Sorenson, who is heading to Gillette Evernham Motorsports next season. Franchitti elected to return to IndyCar instead.
I have really enjoyed this last season in stockcars and have not completely closed that chapter of my professional career but the opportunity that arose was just something I could not pass up.
Dan Weldon, the driver Franchitti will replace, agreed this week to a multiyear deal to return to Panther Racing, his first team, where he will drive the No. 4 car.