Dario Franchitti is a well-known Scottish racing driver. He is mostly known for his work on Turbo, Driven, and Born Racer. In addition, he is involved in four-wheel racing. He is currently a motorsport commentator.

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Full NameDario Franchitti
Date of BirthMay 19, 1973
Birth PlaceEdinburgh, Scotland
Parent(s)Marina Franchitti and George Franchitti
OccupationMotorsport commentator
SpouseAshley Judd
Age47 years old
Weight70kg
Height5 feet and 7 inches
NationalityBritish
ZodiacTaurus
EthnicityItalian
Net Worth$50Million

 

Early life

Dario Franchitti was born on May 19, 1973, in Edinburgh, Scotland. He was a close friend of Greg Moore. He was blessed as a son to Marina Franchitti and George Franchitti. His place of birth Bathgate, West Lothian. He belongs to Italian heritage from the town of casino in central Italy. He holds British nationality and belongs to Italian ethnicity. His zodiac sign is Taurus.

 

Physical Stats

He is 47 years old American motorsport star with a tall height of 1.75m, which is 5 feet and 7 inches. He weighs 70kg and has a slim body shape. He has black curly hair and attractive brown eyes. His body measurement is yet to be specified.

 

How was Dario Franchitti’s career?

Dario Franchitti’s interest in karting begins while attending college. He even won the karting Scottish Junior championship in 1984, the British junior championships in 1985 and 1986, and the Scottish senior title in 1988.  After moving to Formula Vauxhall Junior, he won the championship with victories in 1991.

 

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He started his career in America in the early 1990s. He competes in Formula Vauxhall and Formula Three. From the AMG team, he got a contract to compete in touring cars in the DTM and its successor named as the international touring car championship.  The series ran for 2 seasons then came to an end in 1996. After that, Dario was placed in CART by Mercedes in 1997 with the Hogan Racing team. Dario spent 6 seasons in CART. During the 6 seasons, he won 10 races with the Team Green squad, which he joined in 1998. However, he didn’t win the championship title but won 2nd position in 1999. He was behind Juan Pablo Montoya in a tiebreaker.

In year 2007, he won the rain-shortened Indianapolis 500 as one of 4 victories in his route to a first career championship title in a final race title decider. After completing the season, Doris was entitled BBC Scotland’s sports personality of the year.

Dario Franchitti won 2nd start back in the series. He also won the final race championship, which was a decider against Dixon and Team Penske’s Ryan Briscoe. In 2010 he retained the title after winning the final race championship over Penske’s willpower. His strong form ovals allowed him to overhaul power by 5 points at the final race. In 2011, he battled power for the championship for the second time but the decision of championship was in favor of Doris. The season final was abandon due to the untimely death of his close friend and former teammate Dan Wheldon due to a serious crash.

 

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When did Dario retire?

In October 2013, Dario was involved in an unfortunate event as his car crashed in the Grand Prix of Houston. His car flew into catch-fencing after the car contacted the car of Takuma Sato and E.J Viso. The event harmed Franchitti hugely, and his life took a drastic change. Doris suffered from a broken ankle, 2 fractured vertebrae, and a concussion in the crash.

Due to the crash, Doris announced his retirement from motor car racing on medical advice. He announced his retirement on 14 November. His retirement opened the door for him as a commentator for Formula E’s World feet broadcast.

Dario retired with 31 victories from 265 starts in his American open-wheel racing career. The tally that put Doris in a tie for ninth on the all-time wins list and his former teammate and a close friend Paul Tracy.

 

Who is Dario married to?

Dario Franchitti was firstly married to an American actress named Ashley Judd in December 2001. They tied their knot at Skibo Castle near Dornoch, Scotland. But, unfortunately, the couple didn’t fulfill their dream of living forever and parted ways in 2013 on friendly terms.

 

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After his first divorce, Dario finally found the love of his life. He tied his knot to Eleanor Robb, an English woman. As a result, the couple is blessed with two daughters. Sofia, their first daughter, was born in November 2015, and their second daughter Valentina was born in February 2010.

 

Awards

Dario Franchitti is a hardworking and dedicated person who has also McLaren Autosport BRDC Award in 1992. His skills helped him to get a reputed position in the world.

 

Networth

Dario Franchitti has a decent amount of money from professional racing endorsement deals. In addition, he owns a good fortune, and his net worth is estimated to be $50 million.

 

Social media

Dario Franchitti is only active on Twitter. He has 176.1K followers on this official account with username @dariofranchitti. His account is verified.

 

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