Trading tartans

Posted by Iannucci | 9/23/2007 | 3 comments »
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As one Scottish driver prepares to depart the IndyCar series...

"We have a few little hurdles to get done before we can announce something (with Dario Franchitti), but we are feverishly working at it. We are confident we are going to be able to put something together with him," (Chip) Ganassi said Sunday at Dover International Speedway.

A formal announcement of Franchitti's move is expected this week, sources said.

Asked if Franchitti knows for certain the Cup series is where he wants to compete full time, Ganassi said: "He definitely wants to do it." (MORE from That's Racin')
...another Scottish driver may be coming.

Champ Car rookie Ryan Dalziel was recently fired, reportedly one of two drivers let go so Champ Car could feature Mexican drivers for their upcoming event in Mexico City. Via con dios, amigos.

Dalziel said he was now considering either a return to Grand-Am - where he took second in a one-off for the SAMAX team last weekend - or a switch to the IRL IndyCar Series.

"I'll definitely be racing, it's just a case of determining what the best option is," he said.

"I've had a great time driving Daytona Prototypes in the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series in the past two years and I'd definitely be interested in a return there given the strength of the competition.

"Similarly there's potential to stay in open-wheel racing and switch to the Indy Racing League so I'll consider what's on offer and hopefully have things lined up sooner rather than later." (MORE from Autosport.com)
That's right, SAMAX. After Ashley Judd called out Milka Duno, how ironic would it be to see the SAMAX team featuring a citizen of Scotland as a teammate to Milkalicious? More than a wee bit, me thinks.

3 comments

  1. pressdog // September 24, 2007 3:26 AM  

    Dalziel (pronounced Dee-al, don't ask me why) got SCREWED in Champ Car. I'm glad he's looking to sell his services elsewhere.

  2. mmack // September 24, 2007 6:01 AM  

    I wonder how Dalziel felt about actually being PAID to drive a race car in Grand Am after his CC experience? I agree with 'Dog, he needs to come to the IRL. Hopefully someone will help him out.

    BTW, Nice to see The Chipster feels free to speak for Turncoatti.

  3. Dale Nixon // September 25, 2007 7:41 AM  

    well, I assume the Dario announcement will be Thursday, as he will be at Talladega testing in the ARCA car