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Franchitti Forced to Retire…

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Statement from Dario Franchitti:

 

“Since my racing accident in Houston, I have been in the expert care of some of the leading doctors and nurses, all of whom have made my health, my safety and my recovery their top priority.  I am eternally grateful for the medical care I have received over the last several weeks.  I’d also like to thank my family and friends for their unbelievable support.

One month removed from the crash and based upon the expert advice of the doctors who have treated and assessed my head and spinal injuries post accident, it is their best medical opinion that I must stop racing.  They have made it very clear that the risks involved in further racing are too great and could be detrimental to my long term well-being.  Based on this medical advice, I have no choice but to stop.

 

Racing has been my life for over 30 years and it’s really tough to think that the driving side is now over.  I was really looking forward to the 2014 season with Target Chip Ganassi Racing, with a goal of winning a fourth Indianapolis 500 and a fifth IndyCar Series championship.

 

I’d like to thank all my fellow competitors, teammates, crew and sponsors for their incredible support over the course of this amazing ride.  I’d also like to thank Hogan Racing, Team KOOL Green and Andretti Green Racing for the opportunities to compete on the racetrack, and especially Target Chip Ganassi Racing, who have become like a family to me since I joined their team back in 2008.  I would be remiss if I didn’t thank all my fans around the world.  I can’t thank you enough for standing by my side for all these years.

 

I’ll forever look back on my time racing in CART and the IndyCar Series with fond memories and the relationships I’ve forged in the sport will last a lifetime.

 

Hopefully in time, I’ll be able to continue in some off-track capacity with the IndyCar Series.  I love open-wheel racing and I want to see it succeed.  I’ll be working with Chip to see how I can stay involved with the team, and with all the amazing friends I’ve made over the years at Target.

 

As my buddy Greg Moore would say, ‘See you up front’”

Hunter Reay back in the Race!

A day after being bumped from the Indianapois 500, Ryan Hunter-Reay got back in the race.

The arrangement calls for Hunter-Reay to replace Bruno Junqueira in the No. 41 car of A. J. Foyt Racing. The deal came together on Monday evening. Hunter-Reay will start at the back of the field in a car that will carry sponsor decals of both teams.

Michael Andretti had to make the deal with A. J. Foyt to on behalf of the DHL and Sun Drop sponsorships that support Hunter-Reay’s full-season deal in the Izod IndyCar Series. The car will be the colors of both teams, Coyote orange with splashes of yellow.

Junqueira was pulled for the second time in three years. In 2009, Conquest Racing asked him to step aside for its primary driver, Alex Tagliani.

Andretti said there are no plans to find a spot in the race for Mike Conway, who couldn’t find the speed to earn his way in. Hunter-Reay was bumped out by Andretti Autosport teammate Marco Andretti in the final run of qualifications.

Also on Monday, Andretti fired Tom Anderson, who was hired 17 months ago as senior vice president of competition. Anderson led Target Chip Ganassi Racing to four consecutive CART titles from 1996 to 1999. Anderson said he was expecting to be the scapegoat for the team’s struggles this month. Only John Andretti got in the show on Pole Day; Danica Patrick also nearly missed the race.

Read more: http://www.autoweek.com/article/20110523/IRL/110529915#ixzz1NIggAoBZ

Gotta Love Izod Indy Car Series Support

Check out this slide show from Macy’s in Herald Square in NYC

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