Franchitti to Ganassi, tin tops that is

Posted by Iannucci | 9/08/2007 | 10 comments »
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He's NOT going to Penske, but...

Chip Ganassi Racing is expected to announce next week that Dario Franchitti will drive the No. 40 Energizer Dodge in 2008, sources told

Franchitti, 34, who won the 2007 Indianapolis 500 with Andretti-Green, currently leads CGR driver Scott Dixon by three points in the Indy Racing League Series with the season finale scheduled for this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway.

Franchitti will participate in a training program similar to the one Juan Pablo Montoya (who beat Franchitti for the 1999 CART title) used to prepare for his rookie season. Franchitti will drive in a variety of series, including NASCAR's Busch Series in Ganassi's No. 42 Dodge. (MORE from
Maybe this is why Michael Andretti was yelling at Chip so much after Detroit. Or why Dario was so non chalant about the late incident with Scott Dixon. Or both.

My head hurts. I need to lie down.


  1. john c // September 08, 2007 10:12 AM  



    well that puts a damper on my trip to Joliet...

  2. Jennifer of Dog.Yarn.Knit. // September 08, 2007 3:23 PM  

    Excuse me while I go jump off my roof.

  3. mmack // September 08, 2007 6:14 PM  

    Great, now Dario, Sam, and A.J. Wallmandinger can sit outside their motorhomes every Sunday down in NA$CAR-land and reminisce about when they used to RACE on Sundays.

    The only thing that makes me happy about this is with Whine Pablum Montoyer, Jack Villeneuve, and Dario coming in to NA$CAR, they're foreigners taking away seats that used to belong to American born drivers. THAT ought to make those rednecks REAL happy! They're already up in arms over Tony Stewart and Joe Gibbs going to Toyota. Hey NA$CAR fans, you used to complain no one treated you like a big time sport, well, how ya' like it now?

    NA$CAR, the NEW CART!

  4. Johnny // September 08, 2007 9:54 PM  

    Mmack, I think we've tread this ground before, but Dario and Sam won't be sitting around on Sundays. Their owners are in the Top 35 in Owner's Points, thusly they'll be racing as long as their entire teams can maintain that position. And neither CGR or Penske has even been seriously threatened with falling out of that group all year.

  5. Anonymous // September 09, 2007 12:46 AM  

    let's work out a driver exchange program

    in return we get Michael Waltrip
    Joe Nemechek and James Hylton

  6. john c // September 09, 2007 4:51 AM  

    wait! i see a loophole.

    this story came from Fox Sports, and by definition anything on Fox isn't always to be believed.



  7. Jeff Iannucci // September 09, 2007 8:23 AM  

    Sorry, John. AP picked it up as well on Sunday. It was in the morning rag here.

  8. Johnny // September 09, 2007 9:35 AM  

    It's also on the Jayski site.

  9. mmack // September 09, 2007 7:17 PM  


    Since owners points are tied to car numbers, tell me who Roger Penske is going to fire to get Sam a top 35 spot? Will it be Newman or Busch? If Penske Racing South enters a third car, Sam starts from scratch with 0 owners points for that team, unless Roger buys a team in the top 35 for its points and keeps that number. (in NA$CAR, this is allowable)

  10. Johnny // September 10, 2007 5:22 AM  

    He'll buy a #, no big deal. Between the Yates/Rousch restructure, HOF Racing sale and likely and widely rumored MWR shake up, there will be some avail.