Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner and four-time IndyCar Series Champion Dario Franchitti announced his retirement Thursday, citing his inability to continue due to his crash in Houston, ending his career with 31 Indy car wins (tied for eighth all time) and 33 poles (sixth all time).
Franchitti released a statement announcing the news Thursday, stating that doctors felt he should no longer continue.
“One month removed from the crash and based upon the expert advice of the doctors who have treated and assessed my head and spinal injuries post accident, it is their best medical opinion that I must stop racing.”
He joined Target Chip Ganassi Racing in 2008 and won the Indianapolis 500 in 2010 and 2012, and enjoyed the first-ever run of three consecutive IndyCar Series titles by a Target driver from 2009 to 2011.
Jimmie Johnson dominated Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway, leading in 255 of 334 laps on his way to victory that placed him as the leader in the Chase for the Sprint Cup with two races left this season.
He and Matt Kenseth arrived tied in points, but the latter held the tiebreaker thanks to his seven wins on the season.
The win was No. 6 for Johnson as he became just the second three-time Cup winner at Texas. It helped No. 48 Hendrick team will take a seven-point lead to Phoenix next week.
Here’s a look at the updated standings:
||Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Kenseth trailed Johnson for most of the race before getting penalized for speeding, which dropped him to 16th place. He would finish in 4th.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. earned his fifth runner-up finish of the season.
Tony Kanaan called it the longest lap of his life, as he went on to conquer the field at the Indianapolis 500 Sunday, ending a 12-year drought at the famed race track.
Awaiting him in Victory Lane was his bride of two months, Daniele, who planted a long kiss on the 38-year-old winner and then proceeded to pour the celebratory glass of milk.
His rivals on the track were pleased with the outcome, gathering to celebrate with Kanaan shortly after his milk bath.
This was especially true of Dario Franchitti, who crashed, and caused a race-ending caution flag, but watched Kanaan emerge as the race leader.
The victory for Kanaan would make him the oldest racer to win the race since 1998, since 40-year-old, Eddie Cheever, Jr. won it.
Finishing behind Kanaan were:
- 2. Carlos Munoz
- 3. Ryan Hunter-Reay
- 4. Marco Andretti
- 5. Justin Wilson
- 6. Helio Castroneves
- 7. A.J. Allmendiger
- 8. Simon Pagenaud
- 9. Charlie Kimball
- 10. Ed Carpenter
Stock-car driver Dick Trickle died Thursday from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 71.
The incident occurred at 9:02 a.m. PT at Forest Lawn Cemetery off Highway 150 in Boger City, N.C., according to the Lincoln County sheriff’s dept.
Prior to the incident, Trickle apparently called the Lincoln County Communications Center and told it that there would be a dead body, and that it would be his.
While attempts were made to return his phone call, the employees of the center were unsuccessful in reaching him.
Upon arriving, emergency units found Trickle’s body lying near his pickup truck.