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Nov 14

IndyCar: Dario Franchitti Announces He’s Unable To Continue Racing Career

IndyCar: Dario Franchitti Announces He Is Unable To Continue Auto Racing Career

Dario Franchitti, of Scotland, is a former IndyCar champion. (Photo: Getty Images)

Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti said on Thursday that doctors have told him he can no longer race because of injuries sustained in an IndyCar crash last month.

Franchitti broke his spine and right ankle and suffered a concussion in the Oct. 6 crash at Houston. The crash occurred on the last lap when his car made contact with another car and went sailing into a fence.

The 40-year-old Franchitti underwent two surgeries on his ankle and recently returned home to Scotland to recover.

“One month removed from the crash and based upon the expert advice of the doctors who have treated and assessed my head and spinal injuries post accident, it is their best medical opinion that I must stop racing,” Franchitti said. “They have made it very clear that the risks involved in further racing are too great and could be detrimental to my long-term well-being. Based on this medical advice, I have no choice but to stop.”

The four-time IndyCar champion has been the face of the series since he returned in 2009 following a brief stint in NASCAR. He won three consecutive titles from 2009 to 2011, and two of his three Indy 500 wins.

Franchitti had crossover appeal for the IndyCar Series through his 11-year marriage to actress Ashley Judd, which ended in January. But he was personable, well-spoken, popular in the paddock and passionate about the series. It resonated with fans and made Franchitti one of IndyCar’s all-time greats.

Franchitti’s 31 victories are tied for eighth on the all-time list, and his 33 poles are sixth on the all-time list.

“Dario Franchitti has done so much for Target Chip Ganassi Racing, so it will be very disappointing to not see him in our cars next season,” Ganassi said. “But simply put, Dario is a motorsports legend and will be sorely missed on the race track by everyone in the paddock and in the stands. His contributions to the sport of motor racing are too many to list, but I can tell you that they go way beyond what he has done on the track.”

Nov 14

SportsCars: Exclusive Q&A with Mazda’s John Doonan on New P2 Program

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John Doonan. (Photo: Mazda Motorsports)

On the heels of Mazda’s announcement of its entry into the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship with a pair of factory SKYACTIV-D powered Lolas, FOX Sports’ SPEED blog caught up with Mazda Motorsports director John Doonan for added insight into the program and its goals for 2014 and beyond.

Nov 14

F1: Live Updates! Thursday USGP On-Site Coverage

F1: Live Updates! Thursday USGP On-Site Coverage

The race cars eject to formation lap on November 18, 2012 in Austin. (Photo: Getty Images)

Welcome to FOX Sports’ Live Formula One blog from the Circuit of the Americas! We have all the latest commentary from the Thursday driver press conference prior to Sunday’s USGP.

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Thursday Notebook: Leaving Sauber For Lotus Was Too Risky, Says Hulkenberg

Leaving Sauber For Lotus Was Too Risky, Says Hulkenberg

Nico Hulkenberg of Germany and Sauber F1. (Photo: Getty Images)

Nico Hulkenberg says he chose not to drive leave Sauber to drive for Lotus in the final two races because it would have been too much of a risk.

Lotus could not give the German any guarantees for 2014.

Nov 14

SportsCars: Mazda To Enter Factory P2 Program In TUSC Series

2014 Mazda SKYACTIV-D Prototype Racer

Mazda has announced that it will enter next year’s TUDOR United SportsCar Championship with a two-car factory P2 program utilizing SKYACTIV-D technology. (Photo: Mazda Motorspotrs)

One of the worst kept secrets in the sports car racing paddock was made official Thursday morning, as Mazda announced that it will enter next year’s TUDOR United SportsCar Championship with a two-car factory P2 program utilizing SKYACTIV-D technology.

The Japanese manufacturer, which spent the past season campaigning Mazda6 race cars in the now-defunct GX category, will utilize the same 2.2-liter four-cylinder turbo diesel power plant in the back of Lola-based prototype chassis for the 2014 TUDOR Championship season.