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Franchitti plans book on motorsports legends

Three-time Indy 500 champion Dario Franchitti is to be the author of a new book that will collect his written pieces on some of the greatest legends of motorsports - his personal heroes and friends.
Dario Franchitti is working on producing a new book, Romance of Racing, which will comprise articles authored by the three-time Indianapolis 500 winner and four-time IndyCar Series champion on some of the greatest names in motorsport from the 1950s to the modern day.

The 128-page high-quality 'coffee-table' book is a joint project with his friend Andy Hallbery, a former editor of Autosport and RACER magazines, and will feature a foreword written by double F1 world champion Emerson Fittipaldi, as well as a special contribution from triple title winner Sir Jackie Stewart OBE.

The book will contain more than 50 insightful essays by Franchitti, on profile subjects including Fittipaldi, Mario Andretti, Jenson Button and Rick Mears. "The book has been a great trip down memory lane for me," says Franchitti, a passionate fan and well-informed student of the history of motorsport.

Each piece will be matched by some of the finest sporting photography in the business from the likes of LAT Photographic, Sutton Images, Getty Images and from world-renowned photographer Paul-Henri Cahier and his father Bernard via the Cahier Archive.

"Making it, we treated it almost like a conversation," Franchitti explained. "Andy would send me some pictures, and they usually triggered something that would form the basis of the essay. The quality of the pictures is remarkable, and it's very easy to get lost in the moment and step back in time."

"Franchitti's words sum up and capture his love of the sport in such a way that you know it is from the heart," commented Paul Pfanner, the founder, CEO & Executive Publisher of RACER Magazine.

The idea for the book originally came from Hallbery, who approached Franchitti with the concept and eventually succeeded in winning the IndyCar star over to the idea.

"I have known Dario for more than 20 years, as a friend as well as a colleague, and pestered him for a long time to do a book," explained Hallbery. "He will not do an autobiography until he has retired from racing, and that is a long way off yet. Instead I came up with something that Dario is also well known for, his love of racing history. He was enthusiastic about the idea immediately.

"Dario and I have selected approximately 70 images from the archives of some of the sport's finest photographers, having started with many thousands of photos to choose from," he continued. "Our selections range from the obvious stars of racing, to the inspiring, as well as the people who have influenced and helped Dario's career since he started karting in his native Scotland aged eight."

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The front cover of Romance of Racing, a new high-quality 128-page coffee-book publication containing essays on the stars of motorsport written by Dario Franchitti.
Dario Franchitti on the second day of practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway - May 12, 2013. (Picture Credit: Pete Howard for IndyCar Media)
Marco Andretti waits for the rain to stop for qualifying at NOLA Motorsports Park. Saturday April 11 2015. (Photo by: Bret Kelley for IndyCar Media)
The Andretti Autosport team go to work on Ryan Hunter-Reay`s car on pit lane in St. Petersburg on Friday March 27 2015. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Matt Brabham, Andretti Autosport, Indy Lights [Credit: Matt Brabham]
Marco Andretti navigates the Turn 8-9 Esses complex during Tuesday`s Open Test sessions at Barber Motorsports Park on March 17 2015. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
The cars of Tony Kanaan and Marco Andretti sit in the Esses of Turns 4 and 5 after contact during the start of the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
Marco Andretti looks over his machine prior to practice for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio. (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
The #28 Andretti Autosport team celebrates victory (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Jack Hawksworth and Marco Andretti cross the start/finish line during practice at Pocono Raceway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Johnny Rutherford speaks with official pace car driver Dario Franchitti (Photo by: Dana Garrett for IndyCar Media)
Michael Andretti and Ryan Hunter-Reay before kissing the bricks (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Michael Andretti (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Marco Andretti in action (Photo by: Walter Kuhn for IndyCar Media)
Marco Andretti in the car (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Marco Andretti crosses the starting line (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Marco Andretti gears up. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Marco Andretti up to speed.  (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)

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August 21, 2013 12:24 AM

Dario's book sounds like a real "gotta have" and is now at the top of the list for the yet to come items. Any idea when it'll be out, cost, and such things as that. I saw it as a coffee table book with about 126 pages and should I be in any they would have to be of the real old ones for this old cat who's "legendary" trips in and around the Cathedral are things of pleasure to recall.

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