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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.
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Dario Franchitti reviews data in the Target Chip Ganassi pit stand at the 2014 Open Test at Barber Motorsports Park on Tuesday March 18. (Photo Credit: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
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Dario Franchitti jokes with Tony Kanaan during his press conference at the Target Chip Ganassi Racing offices. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Dario Franchitti poses with the Borg-Warner Trophy and the Astor Cup following his retirement press conference at the Target Chip Ganassi Racing offices. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Dario Franchitti arrives for his retirement press conference at the Target Chip Ganassi Racing offices. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Briscoe (second left) is announced as the fourth driver for Chip Ganassi Racing in 2014 where he will join (L-R) Charlie Kimball, Tony Kanaan and Scott Dixon. Kanaan will drive the #10 previously piloted by Dario Franchitti. Briscoe will drive the new #8 car in a multi-year contract. (Photo Credit: Lynne Huntting, presssnoop.com)
Marco Andretti in action during qualifying for the MAVTV 500 2013 season finale at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana California. (Photo Credit: John Cote for IndyCar Media.)
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Marco Andretti ready for action at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana California during practice for the MAVTV 500 2013 season finale. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media.)
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thomasbmix

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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