Top Gear meets Dario Franchitti
Triple Indycar champion, married to a movie star, car nut. Super Dario lets his driving do the talking in a Fezza face-off
Posted: 28 May 2012
We latch on to the back of the F40. Its pace has dropped, so we follow - all the way back to his house. If he was ever upset, then it quickly passed - and that's Franchitti to a tee: he's an Italian, but without the flamboyance and arm-waving. He's more controlled, walks with neat, clipped steps, punctuates his speech with precise gestures.
You'd like Dario, you'd like his open, direct manner, his friendliness, the stories he tells (he let a certain Colin McRae loose in the F40), the way his cars are divided into keepers and, well, not-keepers. The F40 is a keeper ("It's my favourite. It's got a tonne more power than grip, it's nice and light - I tell you the house would go before the car. I did explain that to the wife once..."), the 458 obviously wasn't.
He'd hate anyone to think he's brash or showy, he just loves cars and is lucky enough, as he puts it "to be able to fund the hobby". The fact that not one person all day recognised him? That's just a bonus.