LAS VEGAS -- Jimmie Johnson, who is attempting to win his sixth straight NASCAR Sprint Cup title, and Dario Franchitti, who is going for his fourth straight IZOD IndyCar Series championship in as many attempts, have much more in common than their outstanding racing ability and impressive championship streaks.
This Sunday, Dario Franchitti will defend his IndyCar points lead at the Streets of Toronto (2 p.m. ET, Versus). SI.com caught up with him beforehand to talk Toronto, his future in racing and whole milk:
FORT WORTH, Texas -- So the IndyCar Series went back to the future by holding its first "Twin Race" since 1981 and it created an electrifying atmosphere at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday. There was high-speed racing, fireworks and fast-paced sprints to the finish in each of the 114-lap contests which saw Dario Franchitti drive to victory in the first race and Will Power score his first career oval win in the second.
INDIANAPOLIS -- With race day for the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500 just around the corner, some of the sport's most notable figures discussed with SI.com the significance of the World's Greatest Race.
LEEDS, Ala. -- With NASCAR taking the past weekend off, it was a great time for the IndyCar Series to stage its annual Media Day before this week's preseason test at Barber Motorsports Park. And, while this small community located east of Birmingham is the home of Charles Barkley, it's also the home of one of the most picturesque road courses in the United States. With the first four IndyCar races of the season on temporary street and road courses, this is the perfect venue for the IndyCar teams to dust off the cobwebs of a five-month offseason and prepare for the 2011 season opener at the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Fla., on March 27.
HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- Prior to climbing into his race car before Saturday night's final IZOD IndyCar Series race of the season, Dario Franchitti was the coolest guy on pit lane. With several hundred people milling around the 27 cars about to take the green flag for the Cafes Do Brasil Indy 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Franchitti was oblivious to the tumult and chaos that surrounded him.
For Danica Patrick, Sunday's run in the IZOD IndyCar Series Indy Japan 300 couldn't have come at a better time. And for Will Power and Dario Franchitti, the IndyCar championship is going down to the final laps of the season with just 12 points separating the two drivers heading into the season finale on October 2.
MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- Dario Franchitti of Target/Chip Ganassi Racing is hoping for another "Power failure" as the 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series championship battle heads to Japan for Sunday's Indy Japan 300 at Twin Ring Motegi.
LEXINGTON, Ohio -- The careers -- and lives -- of Dario Franchitti and Juan Pablo Montoya have been entwined since 1999 and both drivers scored memorable wins Sunday that were a testament to just how far these one-time rivals have come.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Dario Franchitti has always exuded a certain amount of glamour. After all, the Scotsman of Italian heritage has the dark, good looks of an actor, but it's his wife, Ashley Judd, who has gained fame in Hollywood.
When Dario Franchitti moved from IndyCar to the Sprint Cup series at the start of the 2008 season, he had all the earmarks of being sponsorship gold. Not only was he the reigning Indy 500 winner and IndyCar series champion, but also he was married to actress Ashley Judd. Telegenic, good-lucking, and possessing a smile that can break hearts, Franchitti is as good with a microphone in his hand as he is on the track, where many -- including yours truly -- picked him to be the '08 rookie of the year in the Cup series.
Sam Hornish Jr. and Dario Franchitti know all about "Bump Day" at the Indianapolis 500, when the slowest qualified driver in the field can get bumped out of the starting lineup by last-chance drivers who make one final attempt to qualify their way into the field.
With only three points separating Dario Franchitti from Scott Dixon going into Sunday's IndyCar Series championship-concluding showdown at Chicagoland Speedway, the nip-and-tuck battle the two have staged in the second half of the 17-race season will finally come to a close.
She skipped across the most famous red bricks in racing, splashing into puddles and flashing a dimpled smile. As a springtime shower fell from the Indiana sky, Dario Franchitti's No. 1 fan held her high heels in her hands and bounded barefoot down pit road at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, searching for the man who is the self-described "invisible" driver of the IndyCar Series. "One by one, Dario picked those other drivers off," said actress Ashley Judd, Franchitti's wife, as she squinted into the rain. "This is waaaaaaay overdue."
The 91st running was headed for one of its most dramatic conclusions, a four- or five-car joust in the final 20 laps. How do we know this? There were 23 lead changes among nine drivers through 155 laps and every driver that can run at the front can turn it up another notch when Indianapolis is the prize.