It was as if he never left.
Dario Franchitti picked up right where he left off two years ago in the Indy Racing League, winning his second Indycar title in three years after a stellar season, his first back in the series after trying NASCAR.
It was not easy for Franchitti, who was in a three-car battle for the championship with Target-Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Scott Dixon, and Penske Racing driver Ryan Briscoe. The two traded the points lead off throughout the season-ending event at Homestead-Miami Speedway. But in the end, both Briscoe and Dixon made pit stops inside 10 laps to go, handing the race and points lead over eventual winner of both, Dario Franchitti.
Franchitti’s NASCAR stint did not go as planned. On top of not performing well, the Ganassi driver suffered an injury in a Nationwide crash at Talladega that sidelined him for several weeks. He went back to the IRL for the 2009 season, and it payed off big today.
Congratulations Dario Franchitti. You seem to have found your racing home. Nice job!