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Dario Franchitti drives Jim Clark Lotus-Ford at Indy

Submitted by on August 7, 2014

Dario Franchitti Lotus FordThree time Indy 500 Champion Dario Franchitti slips behind the wheel of his hero’s champion Lotus-Ford 38/1.

Dario Franchitti isn’t too proud to admit just how much he admires two-time Formula 1 World Champion and 1965 Indy 500 winner Jim Clark, despite never being able to have watched him race. The legacy of Jim Clark is adored by many worldwide, and he will forever be remembered as the only man in history to have ever become both Formula 1 World Champion, and win the Indy 500 in the same year.

Unlike his hero Franchitti never raced in Formula 1, instead he’s won the Indy 500 three times, and become IndyCar series champion a whopping four times. He’s also driven in both German and International Touring cars, as well as NASCAR.

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In the below video, you’ll have the chance to watch triumphant return of Jim Clark’s 1965 champion car to the banks of Indianapolis after a 45 year absence. Who better than Dario Franchitti to do the honors?

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It’s a special moment, and an awesome video. We hope you enjoy it, and also remember that this very car was the first rear-engined vehicle to win the Indy 500, and that no-front engined vehicle has won since!

MORE: Thank you, Dario Franchitti (vide0)

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