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Franchitti to replace Wheldon.

Postby NewMrMe » Wed 03 Sep, 2008 7:45 am

Dario Franchitti will return to Indycar in 2009 replacing Dan Wheldon at Chip Ganassi racing. This leaves Wheldon looking for a new drive for next season.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/motorsport/7595109.stm
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Re: Franchitti to replace Wheldon.

Postby CrazyChick » Wed 03 Sep, 2008 11:40 am

I always thought he would remain in the Nascar scene and not go back to IRL, guess the unification and the lure of new circuits was enough to tempt him back.
Possibility of seeing Dario race at the Surfers Paradise event this year.

Wheldon's landed a seat back at Panther Racing for '09,
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Re: Franchitti to replace Wheldon.

Postby AlesiFan » Wed 03 Sep, 2008 1:08 pm

I thought Franchitti had achieved all he wanted in Indy blah blah blah.

The NASCAR cheque bounce or what? @@!#
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Re: Franchitti to replace Wheldon.

Postby CrazyChick » Wed 03 Sep, 2008 1:21 pm

Dario injured his ankle in a crash early in the season in a Nascar race, so was out of action for about 6 weeks, on his return he failed to qualify for a Nascar street race (at sonoma i think). soon after Chip Ganassi decided to stopped operating the team, due to the credit crunch, lack of sponsors and the fact that Dario hadn't yet mastered NASCAR,

Dario has been racing in the lower category Nationwide series part time sharing the drive, with some success.

It was thought this success in the Nationwide series would of lead to a return to the Sprint cup series next year, but he's decided to delay that and return to IRL.
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Re: Franchitti to replace Wheldon.

Postby Kop Alonso » Wed 03 Sep, 2008 9:35 pm

Still unsure what is going on with Ganassi.....perhaps it is difficults Dans fault for having a salary that dwarfs Dixons & yet he cannot peform on road course's.

My fear is Dixon will make mincemeat out of Dario next year ..... I can see Panther returning to the winners circle next year with Wheldon..?

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Re: Franchitti to replace Wheldon.

Postby The hairy Boots on » Wed 03 Sep, 2008 9:40 pm

Maybe he got rid of Dan Wheldon, cos he spent more time on his teeth, than trying to figure out road courses.

What will happen to Miera now?
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Re: Franchitti to replace Wheldon.

Postby vikki » Wed 03 Sep, 2008 9:44 pm

be interesting to see how dario does.not all comebacks have fairytale endings. :?
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Re: Franchitti to replace Wheldon.

Postby Kop Alonso » Wed 03 Sep, 2008 10:31 pm

The hairy Boots on wrote:Maybe he got rid of Dan Wheldon, cos he spent more time on his teeth, than trying to figure out road courses.

What will happen to Miera now?


Perhaps Panther will be a 2 car team ...?
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Re: Franchitti to replace Wheldon.

Postby The hairy Boots on » Wed 03 Sep, 2008 11:48 pm

They used to be in the poo financially. A couple of years back they almost went bust. Would be some revival, if they can get back to a 2 car team.
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