Even though Dario Franchitti is now retired from professional racing, as a result of a horrific crash at 2013 Huston Grand Prix, he is finding it hard to stay away from the action. A while ago we told you about his role at this year’s Indy 500 as a pace car driver, and now it was announced that he has joined Formula E TV commentary team.
When the first-ever season of Formula E Championship gets underway this September, Dario will join Jack Nicholls and pitlane reporter Nicki Shields as co-commentator and driver pundit. He is used to much faster stuff than Formula E’s electric cars, but he knows most of the drivers on the gird – ex F1 and Sports Car champions – so that’s good.
It should be a pretty season too, as Formula E has already signed live television deals with some of the world’s largest broadcasters including FOX Sports, Japan’s TV Asahi and ITV in the UK, covering 88 territories across the globe.
Dario Franchitti is one of the most decorated drivers in the history of IndyCar, with 31 victories and 33 poles, and three Indianapolis 500 wins. On his new role in the world of motorsport Dario commented: “It is no secret that I have a passion for the history and evolution of motorsports. To be on the team that will now cover an exciting new racing category is a great honour and I can’t wait to see how the Formula E cars perform when the lights go out in Beijing.”