• Jul 28th 2008 at 6:19PM
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Following the closure of his Sprint Cup ride last month, Dario Franchitti will run several races in the second-tier Nationwide Series before the end of the season. The Scottish driver was reportedly offered several options by Chip Ganassi, and chose to concentrate on NASCAR rather than move back to open wheels or elsewhere.
Franchitti will begin campaigning in the Nationwide Series after the season's road course races are wrapped up in Montreal and Watkins Glen. The No. 40 Fastenal Dodge he'll be driving has been a bit of a transient car, which will have been shared with Scott Pruett, Reed Sorenson, Bryan Clauson and Juan Pablo Montoya before the season is finished. By then, the former Indy 500 winner and IRL champion may have made one more drive in the Sprint Cup at the Pep Boys Auto 500 in Atlanta this October.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      I would have had my agent shop me an ALMS factory deal. Dario is loaded & married to Ashley Judd...

      ...NASCAR never has a weekend off & you are driving a 3,600 pound turd with bad spec tires. I'll take a few weekends with my wife & a wicked Acura or Porsche P2 ride
        • 7 Years Ago
        Chip offered him the opp to return to the IRL... but Dario had stated his issue with the safety of those cars + what did he have left to prove there?

        He also never said the ALMS team that offered him anything... it could have been the BK Motorsports Mazda :)

        Just saying road racing his his bag... & a lighter schedule
        • 7 Years Ago
        Why get your agent to get you an ALMS deal? He was offered one, as he said publicly. He was also offered Indy Car and Grand Am deals, and turned them down.

        He wants to race NASCAR. Regardless of what people think of the cars.
      • 7 Years Ago
      He will be back in The Cup series next year. The Chipster needs to concentrate on getting his 2 cars running better. Meantime Dario will get more experience in Nationwide readying for 2009. If the worst happens and a Cup ride doesn't come for 2009 then he can easily get a great ALMS ride.
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