CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Dario Franchitti will return to IndyCar
in 2009 as the replacement driver for Dan Wheldon at Chip Ganassi
Franchitti, the 2007 IndyCar Series champion and Indianapolis
500 winner, left open wheel at the end of last season to move into
NASCAR driving for Ganassi. But his Sprint Cup team never found
sponsorship, and Ganassi shut down the No. 40 car in July.
Franchitti has been lingering in NASCAR since, and Ganassi has
entered him in a handful of second-tier Nationwide Series races. He
had said at the time his team closed that returning to IndyCar was
not an option, but apparently changed his mind when Ganassi decided
not to re-sign Wheldon.
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