• Nov 30, 2010
Dario Franchitti drives Jim Clark's legendary Lotus 38 – Click above to watch video after the jump

We're sure that open-wheel hero Dario Franchitti has managed to realize quite a few of his four-wheeled dreams over the years, but he's only just managed to top them all with a drive of Jim Clark's legendary Lotus 38, a car that Clark piloted to victory in the 1965 Indy 500.

Franchitti, like Clark, was born in Scotland and the two share a love of going fast. Jim Clark's Lotus 38, with its four-cam V8 pumping out around 500 horsepower, is a very different vehicle then the modern day IndyCar that Franchitti pilots for Chip Ganassi Racing. Regardless, the Lotus is a pure racing machine and a true piece of motorsports history, and it's a treat to listen to Dario discuss his experience behind the wheel of the Lotus. His insight is important but his excitement is palpable – this is a rare opportunity and he appears to treat the opportunity with the appropriate level of respect and admiration for Clark and Lotus.

How'd this all come to pass? Dario Franchitti, working together with Road & Track, reached out to The Henry Ford Museum, Lotus Cars USA and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to make this event happen. It's all captured on the video after the jump, and it's just the first in a series of events designed to celebrate the Indy 500. In the near future, we will get to see Bobby Rahal drive the 1912 winning National and Sam Posey hop behind the wheel of Roger Ward's 1962 Leader Card Special.

For now however, it's all about Franchitti in Clark's Lotus 38 at the Brickyard. Stop reading and start watching (and listening!) by clicking past the jump.

[Sources: Road & Track, YouTube]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Ya had to wait till the end to properly let us hear the damn 4 cam Ford now, did ya laddie!

      S W E E T
      • 4 Years Ago
      Dario: You lucky MOFO. First Ashley Judd, Now Jim Clark's Lotus.!! Now I am truly jealous.

      Jimmy Clark then Ayrton Senna, my two favorite F1 drivers EVER.
        • 4 Years Ago
        ...followed by Gilles Villeneuve, Lewis Hamilton & Juan Pablo Montoya.
      • 4 Years Ago
      brought tears to my eyes...
      • 4 Years Ago
      In the summer of 1964 or 65 my Dad drove us to St Louis to see my Aunt and Uncle We stopped at Indy on the way out. Lucky for us Firestone was running tires test that day. They had both the Lotus and an Offy roadster.

      The thing I remember most was the Lotus starting up. It made a pop-pop-pop sound like pulling a knotted string thru a hole in the bottom of a paper cup. Just awesome.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sam Posey is going to drive the Leader Car Special? Hmmm... Sam has had Parkinson's Disease for some years now. I wonder how this will go?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Great car, very worthy driver.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Awesome!