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
It's a privilege to follow any F40, let alone to observe it at work from the driver's seat of another Ferrari; but the fates really have collided when you're on a road as searingly treacherous and sublime as the Duke's Pass, nestled as it is amongst stunning scenery, and just for good measure you're chasing an Indycar legend. As mental snapshots go, one will stay with me: it's of the F40 snapped sideways as the turbos ramp up, rear wheel ripping leaves out of the gutter, blue flames spitting from the exhaust. The 458 follows meekly in the F40's angry wake.
I get a second snapshot a few minutes later, this time from the passenger seat. Dario pulls out to overtake, there's a savage hiss of turbo and the F40 instantly wheelspins. With a good quarter-turn of opposite lock applied, we overtake the hapless Audi A1.