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(ESPN)   Three-time Indy 500 winner Dario Franchitti forced to retire due to injuries. Well, at least he has Ashley Judd to return home to... oh, wait   (espn.go.com) divider line 38
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2013-11-14 04:02:57 PM
Well, THAT sucks. :-(
 
2013-11-14 04:24:20 PM

Captain Steroid: Well, THAT sucks. :-(


Yeah... I hope he becomes an announcer.
 
2013-11-14 04:50:08 PM
For some reason, I think he might land on his feet.

/unlike his car, which landed all over the track, the apron and the sands
 
2013-11-14 06:56:44 PM
Sorry to hear that, even though as a one-time CART fan, he was one of three drivers that I would rate as a cock (at least to the fans). Bobby Rahal and Michael Andretti were the others. The rest: great guys, including Michael's father. Even Penske was human around the pits.

/ just my personal experience
 
2013-11-14 06:58:12 PM
I think he made a wise choice. It's too bad though, always enjoyed watching him drive. By the way subby, from what I've heard Dario is VERY happily divorced. Not a lonely man. Not living with crazy.

The real disappointing news is that F1 and NASCAR overlap on times this Sunday.
 
2013-11-14 06:59:53 PM
It is hard to call this sad exactly.  He is getting to walk away from a sport that has taken many drivers over the years after a long career.  Sure, the retirement isn't exactly on his terms, but he can still have a healthy and productive life behind the scenes instead of on the track. Given the accident that injured him, it could have been so much worse.
 
2013-11-14 07:02:04 PM

Daedalus27: It is hard to call this sad exactly.  He is getting to walk away from a sport that has taken many drivers over the years after a long career.  Sure, the retirement isn't exactly on his terms, but he can still have a healthy and productive life behind the scenes instead of on the track. Given the accident that injured him, it could have been so much worse.


That street course was a joke. They really need to do more planning if they're going to keep running street courses. Long Beach and St Pete are great, most of the rest are garbage.
 
2013-11-14 07:06:38 PM
Man, that's tough but anyone that saw that crash shouldn't be surprised. What a wreck and he's lucky to have survived it.

I wish him the best.
 
2013-11-14 07:12:46 PM

crotchgrabber: Daedalus27: It is hard to call this sad exactly.  He is getting to walk away from a sport that has taken many drivers over the years after a long career.  Sure, the retirement isn't exactly on his terms, but he can still have a healthy and productive life behind the scenes instead of on the track. Given the accident that injured him, it could have been so much worse.

That street course was a joke. They really need to do more planning if they're going to keep running street courses. Long Beach and St Pete are great, most of the rest are garbage.


I've been to st pete twice. Not necessarily an open wheel fan but enjoy a good live race. Couldn't pass it up when I lived in tampa.

Sucks to hear he is forced to retire but at least he got to retire and walk away.
 
2013-11-14 07:18:31 PM
Sad stuff. Had a feeling this was coming based on what I've heard the last couple of weeks. Wondered, frankly, if this might be the case when I saw the crash in Houston that afternoon ... leaving the track that evening there was a lot of discussion about whether he would and should continue driving. I thought at the time that this was the right decision; unfortunately I was right about that.

So long, champ. It will always be a thrill for me to be able to say that, for at least part of my career in the sport, I got to compete against you. There are few I have admired more behind the wheel. See you at the front ...

Nick Nostril: Sorry to hear that, even though as a one-time CART fan, he was one of three drivers that I would rate as a cock (at least to the fans). Bobby Rahal and Michael Andretti were the others. The rest: great guys, including Michael's father. Even Penske was human around the pits.

/ just my personal experience


Probably just caught him on a bad day. Genuinely a nice guy; there are far worse than him in the paddock, IMO. One of my favorite memories of him is from Thursday at St. Petersburg this year, during the 1-hour circuit walk. While the rest of us were out there scouting out the curbing, surface changes, and paint to figure out how best to attack the place, he was wheeling Sebastian and Oliver Wheldon around the track in his golf cart.
 
2013-11-14 07:19:48 PM
He won't be lacking for sleeping assisstants, if you know what I mean and I think you do.  Good driver, tough way to end it but at least he walks away.
 
2013-11-14 07:20:26 PM
FYI, here is a video of the wreck that forced him into retirement:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8QjA8k5WeGk
 
2013-11-14 07:23:19 PM

Ed_Severson: Sad stuff. Had a feeling this was coming based on what I've heard the last couple of weeks. Wondered, frankly, if this might be the case when I saw the crash in Houston that afternoon ... leaving the track that evening there was a lot of discussion about whether he would and should continue driving. I thought at the time that this was the right decision; unfortunately I was right about that.

So long, champ. It will always be a thrill for me to be able to say that, for at least part of my career in the sport, I got to compete against you. There are few I have admired more behind the wheel. See you at the front ...

Nick Nostril: Sorry to hear that, even though as a one-time CART fan, he was one of three drivers that I would rate as a cock (at least to the fans). Bobby Rahal and Michael Andretti were the others. The rest: great guys, including Michael's father. Even Penske was human around the pits.

/ just my personal experience

Probably just caught him on a bad day. Genuinely a nice guy; there are far worse than him in the paddock, IMO. One of my favorite memories of him is from Thursday at St. Petersburg this year, during the 1-hour circuit walk. While the rest of us were out there scouting out the curbing, surface changes, and paint to figure out how best to attack the place, he was wheeling Sebastian and Oliver Wheldon around the track in his golf cart.


Good to see you Ed. Wish you had a shorter off season.
 
2013-11-14 07:25:17 PM
Very much sucks that he has to end his career on a doctor's orders, but still very good that he is able to be given those orders.

I haven't paid enough attention to auto racing until very recently, but where does he rank among drivers over the length of his career? Just off the top of my head I can think of Shoemaker, Vettel, and Jimmy Johnson as having more success in their relative series, but beyond that, I can't think up anyone that's had a better run recently.
 
2013-11-14 07:29:39 PM
Not sad because he does get to walk away, as altogether too many weren't able to. Most welcome words after a racing accident: "He's outta the car & he's all right!"
Rather hope he'll choose to go into motor-race-casting ....
There was foto thought I had but Computer Gremlins ate it: F1 racer leaves huge smoke ring.  Foto prep place said 404, boo hisss. Please employ your Stan Freberg imaginations to picture for yourselves.
 
2013-11-14 07:34:10 PM
Meh, she's not that hot anyways.
 
2013-11-14 07:38:01 PM
Open wheel Racing is a dangerous and risky sport.  Hell any racing is, many have died in high speed crashes in motor sports including some legends.

He is right to listen to his doctors and hang up his helmet and fire suit.
 
2013-11-14 07:48:13 PM

fatalvenom: Meh, she's not that hot anyways.


The cray cray is the turn off there, "mute stones", excuse me?
/prolly why she baled on that political career...
 
2013-11-14 07:53:24 PM

grimlock1972: Open wheel Racing is a dangerous and risky sport.  Hell any racing is, many have died in high speed crashes in motor sports including some legends.

He is right to listen to his doctors and hang up his helmet and fire suit.


I'm really surprised Denny Hamlin and Brian Vickers haven't had the wheel taken out of there hands permanently yet. Sure they're young guys but a broken back or a hole in your freaking heart should be a pretty good warning sign.
 
2013-11-14 08:00:25 PM
Actually, Subby, he is going home to Ashley Judd, apparently.
 
2013-11-14 08:33:20 PM

Blues_X: Captain Steroid: Well, THAT sucks. :-(

Yeah... I hope he becomes an announcer.


I hope he buys the team from Chip Ganassi.
 
2013-11-14 08:42:18 PM
Didn't him and Judd get back together after the crash, or is it now off again? I could only find 1 site that recently said it was off. Everything else said they were back together.
 
2013-11-14 08:44:13 PM

fatalvenom: Meh, she's not that hot anyways.


Oh man, she used to be.  I will eternally hate wil for making out with her.
 
2013-11-14 10:08:29 PM

DemonEater: fatalvenom: Meh, she's not that hot anyways.

Oh man, she used to be.  I will eternally hate wil for making out with her.


img.fark.net


mmm. yes please.
 
2013-11-14 10:09:16 PM
the best thing about dario franchitti - he's a scotsman, not an eye-tie.
 
2013-11-14 10:18:15 PM

JayCab: Very much sucks that he has to end his career on a doctor's orders, but still very good that he is able to be given those orders.

I haven't paid enough attention to auto racing until very recently, but where does he rank among drivers over the length of his career? Just off the top of my head I can think of Shoemaker, Vettel, and Jimmy Johnson as having more success in their relative series, but beyond that, I can't think up anyone that's had a better run recently.


Replace "Vettel" with "Newey".

/gave up watching this season after Hungary
 
2013-11-14 11:24:15 PM

JayCab: Very much sucks that he has to end his career on a doctor's orders, but still very good that he is able to be given those orders.

I haven't paid enough attention to auto racing until very recently, but where does he rank among drivers over the length of his career? Just off the top of my head I can think of Shoemaker, Vettel, and Jimmy Johnson as having more success in their relative series, but beyond that, I can't think up anyone that's had a better run recently.


30 years this was a top tier series.
20 years there 2 second rate series racing these cars in North America.
10 years ago there was a second rate series and a series on literal life support.
Now there is just a memory and a series that is pretty much irrelevant to all but the diehards.

So Franchitti doesn't really rank anywhere with any of those people you mentioned. It's sad, it may even be unfair.

But it's the truth.
 
2013-11-14 11:52:33 PM

LesserEvil: Actually, Subby, he is going home to Ashley Judd, apparently.


It would make sense why they quoted her about his latest development.  He may as well go back to her, without racing there would be nothing left for him dangerous.
 
2013-11-15 12:43:28 AM

crotchgrabber: grimlock1972: Open wheel Racing is a dangerous and risky sport.  Hell any racing is, many have died in high speed crashes in motor sports including some legends.

He is right to listen to his doctors and hang up his helmet and fire suit.

I'm really surprised Denny Hamlin and Brian Vickers haven't had the wheel taken out of there hands permanently yet. Sure they're young guys but a broken back or a hole in your freaking heart should be a pretty good warning sign.


Agreed completely when its time to hang it up its time to hang it up.
 
2013-11-15 02:03:16 AM
Damn. I was always a fan. I'm glad I had the chance to see him win in Sonoma.
 
2013-11-15 02:25:54 AM

crotchgrabber: I think he made a wise choice. It's too bad though, always enjoyed watching him drive. By the way subby, from what I've heard Dario is VERY happily divorced. Not a lonely man. Not living with crazy.

The real disappointing news is that F1 and NASCAR overlap on times this Sunday.


You know how the WWE Sprint Cup championship battle is going to end, so better to watch F1.
 
2013-11-15 06:04:47 AM

bluorangefyre: crotchgrabber: I think he made a wise choice. It's too bad though, always enjoyed watching him drive. By the way subby, from what I've heard Dario is VERY happily divorced. Not a lonely man. Not living with crazy.

The real disappointing news is that F1 and NASCAR overlap on times this Sunday.

You know how the WWE Sprint Cup championship battle is going to end, so better to watch F1.


Because I have no idea how the F1 championship will end?
 
2013-11-15 07:19:15 AM

crotchgrabber: bluorangefyre: crotchgrabber: I think he made a wise choice. It's too bad though, always enjoyed watching him drive. By the way subby, from what I've heard Dario is VERY happily divorced. Not a lonely man. Not living with crazy.

The real disappointing news is that F1 and NASCAR overlap on times this Sunday.

You know how the WWE Sprint Cup championship battle is going to end, so better to watch F1.

Because I have no idea how the F1 championship will end?



breakingboredom.com


SOON


/godammit, I'm going to have to root for a FARKING FERRARI next season
 
2013-11-15 09:14:00 AM

Ed_Severson: Sad stuff. Had a feeling this was coming based on what I've heard the last couple of weeks. Wondered, frankly, if this might be the case when I saw the crash in Houston that afternoon ... leaving the track that evening there was a lot of discussion about whether he would and should continue driving. I thought at the time that this was the right decision; unfortunately I was right about that.

So long, champ. It will always be a thrill for me to be able to say that, for at least part of my career in the sport, I got to compete against you. There are few I have admired more behind the wheel. See you at the front ...

Nick Nostril: Sorry to hear that, even though as a one-time CART fan, he was one of three drivers that I would rate as a cock (at least to the fans). Bobby Rahal and Michael Andretti were the others. The rest: great guys, including Michael's father. Even Penske was human around the pits.

/ just my personal experience

Probably just caught him on a bad day. Genuinely a nice guy; there are far worse than him in the paddock, IMO. One of my favorite memories of him is from Thursday at St. Petersburg this year, during the 1-hour circuit walk. While the rest of us were out there scouting out the curbing, surface changes, and paint to figure out how best to attack the place, he was wheeling Sebastian and Oliver Wheldon around the track in his golf cart.


Met him at a non-racing event a few years back. He stayed WAAY after he paid appearance time and hung out answering questions and chatting about just about anything.  Seemed like a really nice guy.
 
2013-11-15 10:23:29 AM
He must have changed in later years. My Indycar days only really include his earliest years in the sport. We never had any luck with him or his wife. The only reason we really noticed was due to the contrast with the other drivers who were all great with the fans (excepting the two others I mentioned).

Bobby Rahal was "my driver" when I was a fan. Tried to get a simple autograph so many times, only to be blown off. His (now ex) wife once sat and chatted with a small group of us outside his garage at Indy in the early 90's for like half an hour while we waited for him. Nicest person on the planet. He never showed even though she went in and asked him to come out.
 
2013-11-15 11:23:22 AM

lack of warmth: LesserEvil: Actually, Subby, he is going home to Ashley Judd, apparently.

It would make sense why they quoted her about his latest development.  He may as well go back to her, without racing there would be nothing left for him dangerous.


IIRC, most of the reason they split was that she wanted him to retire after Wheldon died.

Blues_X: Captain Steroid: Well, THAT sucks. :-(

Yeah... I hope he becomes an announcer.


He'd do well there, but where he really should land is Competition Director. Have Franchitti running race control, reporting directly to Derrick Walker (newly installed President of Operations and Competition). After the past few years, the series needs someone in charge of race control that knows what they're doing, and is respected by the drivers.
 
2013-11-15 04:04:21 PM

russlar: lack of warmth: LesserEvil: Actually, Subby, he is going home to Ashley Judd, apparently.

It would make sense why they quoted her about his latest development.  He may as well go back to her, without racing there would be nothing left for him dangerous.

IIRC, most of the reason they split was that she wanted him to retire after Wheldon died.

Blues_X: Captain Steroid: Well, THAT sucks. :-(

Yeah... I hope he becomes an announcer.

He'd do well there, but where he really should land is Competition Director. Have Franchitti running race control, reporting directly to Derrick Walker (newly installed President of Operations and Competition). After the past few years, the series needs someone in charge of race control that knows what they're doing, and is respected by the drivers.


This is the best Indycar idea I've ever seen.

/never gonna happen.
 
2013-11-15 07:29:40 PM

FlashHarry: the best thing about dario franchitti - he's a scotsman, not an eye-tie.


I'm not sure what you're trying to suggest here pal. If you like the hyphen thing, he's Scots-Italian.

And I have a feeling that Franchitti's influence might help his cousin get a drive next year if all the F1 teams are fully booked.

/May have to work out a streaming schedule for next year's Indy season.
//I'm not sure it's even possible to watch Indy on pay TV in the UK.
///But I don't pay for TV, so don't quote me on that.
 
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