The gap in the IZOD IndyCar Series schedule hasn’t provided much idle time for Dario Franchitti.
The four-time series champion teamed with Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Scott Dixon for a third-place finish Sept. 8 in the GRAND-AM Rolex Series event at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca before visiting Indianapolis Motor Speedway for a Firestone tire test Sept. 10 and 11.
Later this week, he’s off to England to participate in the Goodwood Revival before returning to the U.S. for tests at Sebring International Raceway in Florida (Sept. 17) and Auto Club Speedway in California (Sept. 24) in the No. 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing car.
At Goodwood, Franchitti will drive the Lotus 38 that won the 1965 Indianapolis 500 around the road course as part of the event’s tribute to fellow Scot Jim Clark.
“It’s only a demonstration (lap), but I’m absolutely delighted to drive the Lotus 38 again,” Franchitti said. “It’s the 50th anniversary of Jimmy’s first world championship and (Goodwood is) going to be a great celebration of his life and what he achieved as a racing driver.”
It’s the second time that Franchitti has driven the car, which was conserved by the Henry Ford museum in Dearborn, Mich. He last drove the car around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2010.
“To take the Lotus back to Goodwood and drive it in front of the British fans is going to be great,” Franchitti said. “There’s only one small problem. The car is designed to only turn left and Goodwood is 90 percent right-hand corners.
“(Because of that) I won’t be pushing the limits by any means, but it’s going to be great let the British fans hear that four-cam Ford on full song.”