Dario Franchitti won’t be running around NASCAR tracks anytime soon, as the racer’s ownership group is permanently parking his vehicle.
The TENNESSEAN reports that team owner Chip Ganassi has pulled over Franchitti’s #40 car from further stock car competition. The biggest problem has been finding funding for Dario, ever since Coors Light belched out of its sponsorship of the car at the end of last season.
The former Indy Car champ & 2007 Indianapolis 500 winner has struggled in his first season as NASCAR. He already failed to quality for two races this year, and his best finish had been a measly 22nd place at Martinsville Speedway. No wonder nobody wanted to pony up for Dario.
Although it’s a big loss for Franchitti, it might be an even bigger loss for NASCAR, as dismissing Dario will likely end any future visits to the track from Mrs. Franchitti, a.k.a. Ashley Judd.
Can NASCAR live with that?