Dario Franchitti
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"George Dario Marino Franchitti", Order of the British Empire/MBE is a retired United Kingdom/British race car/racing driver. He won the IndyCar Series four times; in 2007 IndyCar Series season/2007, and three more times in 2009 IndyCar Series season/2009, 2010 IndyCar Series season/2010 and 2011 IndyCar Series season/2011 and a three time Indianapolis 500 champion in 2007 Indianapolis 500/2007, 2010 Indianapolis 500/2010 and 2012 Indianapolis 500/2012. Franchitti started his career in his native Great Britain in the early 1990s, competing in Formula Vauxhall and British Formula Three Championship/Formula Three, and was also the winner of the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award in 1992. After Franchitti did not secure a single-seater drive in 1995, he was contracted by the Mercedes-AMG/AMG team to compete in touring cars, in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft/DTM and its successor, the International Touring Car Championship. Despite two seasons with relative success, the series folded at the end of the 1996 International Touring Car Championship season/1996 season, again leaving Franchitti without a drive. Mercedes placed Franchitti in Champ Car/CART in 1997 CART season/1997 with the Hogan Racing team.

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