Franchitti wins Chicagoland race and ...

Franchitti wins Chicagoland race and title

There are 53 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Sep 9, 2007, titled Franchitti wins Chicagoland race and title. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

JOLIET, Ill. - Dario Franchitti squeezed out half a lap more than Scott Dixon on their final fuel load today, and that's all it took for the Scot to win his first IndyCar Series title in what might be his ...

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Sammy

United States

#1 Sep 9, 2007
Funny that a pro driver would spin in the pits like that, eh?
Jerry S

Avon, IN

#2 Sep 9, 2007
Danica spins, Dario wins!
Too bad

Indianapolis, IN

#3 Sep 9, 2007
Too bad he's moving to NASCAR, he had developed a strong presence in the IRL that would have aided it in continuing to develop a competitive identity. NASCAR's the 1000-lb gorilla, though, and it now uses open-wheel racing as a farm league to develop it new drivers.
American

Jeffersonville, OH

#4 Sep 9, 2007
Good for Dario. Now cancel the series.

Nobody wants to see this series turn another lap.
Bob

Milton, IN

#5 Sep 9, 2007
Sammy wrote:
Funny that a pro driver would spin in the pits like that, eh?
She was having probs with her rev-limiter malfunctioning. It could be a factor. Up to that point, she drove a pretty smart race.
Career Leader

Louisville, KY

#7 Sep 9, 2007
Kind of a depressing finish knowing that next year Nascar will be sporting more Indy 500 Winners and Indycar series champions than the Indycar Series or the 500 itself.
Career Leader

Louisville, KY

#8 Sep 9, 2007
Sammy wrote:
Funny that a pro driver would spin in the pits like that, eh?
Notice how that pro driver could have a car going backwards and still manage to hit the brakes and stop WITHOUT HITTING THE WALL?

That's what happens when drivers instinctually try and save their car... slightly different than what Dixon did up in Detroit.
Career Leader

Louisville, KY

#9 Sep 9, 2007
Bob wrote:
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She was having probs with her rev-limiter malfunctioning. It could be a factor. Up to that point, she drove a pretty smart race.
She made her employer happy on that move... she managed to bring out the perfect yellow that allowed Dario to go just past the Checkered but not enough for Dixon to make it TO the checkered.
Career Leader

Louisville, KY

#10 Sep 9, 2007
Since I blew Dixon crap again for his move last week... I'd like to be an equal opportunity offender and say the following:

Dario has a hell of a lot of nerve. Ten seasons with Team Green, but the minute they give him a 500 that he won out of luck and a series championship, he's out the door.

Class act, Dario. This is how you will be remembered... as a gutless coward who couldn't even tell the truth to the fans who were there cheering for you when you while you were busy taking credit for your greatest achievement in racing.

Bravo Dario. Way to give back to your team and the series that made you a household name.

May Stewart punt you early and often next year.
SWT-500

Plainfield, IN

#11 Sep 9, 2007
Bob wrote:
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She was having probs with her rev-limiter malfunctioning. It could be a factor. Up to that point, she drove a pretty smart race.
The real question is not the spin but why a simple spin in the pit would bring out a yellow? Brian Barnhart has the ability to speak to the drivers via radio. He could announce the pits are closed and leave the track green. Simple solution. Either way, no further attention is needed. Dario's championship is not tainted. It's the IRL's loss that he and Sam are likely leaving. Either way, the series will survive.
Career Leader

Louisville, KY

#12 Sep 9, 2007
And a last comment... drivers who do not stop racing when the checkered flag are dangerous.

Drivers who are on the track and finish AHEAD of other cars who are still running should not be criticized by actors who do not race.
Chris

Henderson, KY

#13 Sep 9, 2007
Career Leader wrote:
Since I blew Dixon crap again for his move last week... I'd like to be an equal opportunity offender and say the following:
Dario has a hell of a lot of nerve. Ten seasons with Team Green, but the minute they give him a 500 that he won out of luck and a series championship, he's out the door.
Class act, Dario. This is how you will be remembered... as a gutless coward who couldn't even tell the truth to the fans who were there cheering for you when you while you were busy taking credit for your greatest achievement in racing.
Bravo Dario. Way to give back to your team and the series that made you a household name.
May Stewart punt you early and often next year.
Exactly. Dario and Ganassi wait till the last week of a highly competitive season, which by the way did not need an artificial reset (a.k.a. "chase") to keep it competitive, to make the series look like a feeder for NASCAR. I was sorry to see a committed open-wheel racer like Dixon lose it. IRL ain't perfect by a long shot, but that never kept Ganassi or Dario from cashing the checks over the years. It's no wonder Barnhardt was MIA for the trophy ceremony. His drivers and teams don't give a flying fig about it, so why should he come down and pretend like they do?
chump

United States

#14 Sep 9, 2007
ganassi yes, nascar no. it'll be a four-car team for the red cars next year.

and, dario's always been year-to-year ... and he's been the highest paid driver in the paddock. damn time he delivered.
Jerry S

Avon, IN

#15 Sep 9, 2007
I really enjoyed Ashley Judd's pin point expert analysis after the race.

It's not surprising that Dario will be in Nascar next year. I doubt that the Flying Wallenda routines went over real well at home.

“"Racing Rules"”

Since: Dec 06

NHRA

#16 Sep 9, 2007
WOW MAN..WE GOT MANY A TESTIE IN HERE,LOL! SHRUNKIN HEADS MAYBE,LOL....HAVE A GREAT NIGHT ALL,CALL YOUR MOTHER'S AND APOLOGIZE! ;-)They will not be here forever!
Fat Bastard

Indianapolis, IN

#18 Sep 9, 2007
Career Leader wrote:
Since I blew Dixon crap again for his move last week... I'd like to be an equal opportunity offender and say the following:
Dario has a hell of a lot of nerve. Ten seasons with Team Green, but the minute they give him a 500 that he won out of luck and a series championship, he's out the door.
Class act, Dario. This is how you will be remembered... as a gutless coward who couldn't even tell the truth to the fans who were there cheering for you when you while you were busy taking credit for your greatest achievement in racing.
Bravo Dario. Way to give back to your team and the series that made you a household name.
May Stewart punt you early and often next year.
First of all, Dario isn't a household name.

Second of all....team loyalty? This isn't the same team he signed up for ten years ago. It may have "Green" in the name but it is very much weasle boy's team...and who could possibly show any loyalty to a two faced whiner like Michael Andretti.

Waaaaa, another open wheeler going to NASCAR. What do you expect. American open wheel is in the toilet. Thank god Tony George and the CART owners fixed it.
Indy Fan in Georgia

Lawrenceville, GA

#20 Sep 9, 2007
Dario, SAY NO to Nascar !
Kumar

Brownsburg, IN

#21 Sep 9, 2007
That was like a 200 lap...parade lap.

It's time for a few more engine and body manufacturers, since this series is the new IROC as of late.
Career Leader

Louisville, KY

#22 Sep 9, 2007
Fat Bastard wrote:
Second of all....team loyalty? This isn't the same team he signed up for ten years ago. It may have "Green" in the name but it is very much weasle boy's team...and who could possibly show any loyalty to a two faced whiner like Michael Andretti.
Tell that to all of the guys in the shop over on Zionsville Rd. Apparently you have no clue how many people have been around working with Dario for all of these years.

That team has always had a lot more people than Barry, Kim and Michael and Kevin on it.

“"Racing Rules"”

Since: Dec 06

NHRA

#23 Sep 9, 2007
Kumar wrote:
That was like a 200 lap...parade lap.
It's time for a few more engine and body manufacturers, since this series is the new IROC as of late.
My thought is as always,add more laps and make it more taxing to not just the engines,but the drivers! It's too dang short of a race to really break a sweat! These engines are made to go the extra mile,make them work!

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