The four times IndyCar Champ revealed at Autosport International, that he had been set to drive a Porsche in the 24 hour endurance event before his accident at the IndyCar series Grand Prix of Houston in 2013 ruled him out.
Franchitti had met with Porsche and had settled on finishing with Indy Car after the 2014 season, before embarking with the LMP1 Porsche team for their second return season in the WEC.
However his horrific crash following contact with Takuma Sato’s car left Franchitti with fractured vertebrae, a broken ankle and concussion, losing 5 weeks of memory. The shunt resulted in his doctors telling him he couldn’t race again.
“I miss driving, not IndyCars, what used to seem normal to do everyday is not normal, especially in IndyCar with the dangers, what those guys do is not normal.
“I now look at it and think, ‘what the hell was I thinking?’, so I don’t miss that bit. I miss the chance to race historic cars. I was lucky to do what I did”
Franchitti, who opened Autosport International Live, is currently a team advisor for IndyCar, and Nascar team Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. He also commentates on Formula E TV and It was recently announced that Franchetti will be performing the Grand Marshal duties at this years Rolex 24 event in Daytona, a race won by Franchitti and co-drivers Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas and Juan Pablo Montoya in 2008.
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