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NASCAR: Grass Isn't Always Greener, Franchitti Is Living Proof

Toby ChristieSenior Analyst IJune 21, 2008

Dario Franchitti failed to make the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon. This on a road course that he's run before.

Just one year ago Franchitti had it all, actress/wife/hottie Ashley Judd, a top-notch ride, the Indianapolis 500, and ultimately the IndyCar Championship. 

He was a driver who had the sky as his limit.

Then towards the end of 2007 he made a fateful decision that perhaps he shouldn't have.

Franchitti moved from open-wheels to NASCAR racing, but his stock car career has not been nearly as smooth, or impressive, as he planned. 

His ankle was broken in a crash in the Nationwide race at Talladega leaving him sidelined for weeks-and that may actually have been the highlight of his season. In his Sprint Cup career thus far he has nine starts (He's failed to make 2 races so far at Texas and Infineon).  and has yet to crack the top-20.

Sometimes the grass just isn't quite greener on the other side, and Dario Franchitti is learning that stock car racing isn't as easy as it may look on television-a lesson Paul Tracy, Sarah Fisher, and Jacques Villeneuve have also learned of late.

Juan Pablo Montoya and Scott Speed seem to be the exceptions to the rule, and Sam Hornish, Jr. is still struggling to keep his car off the wall.

The influx of open wheel drivers to NASCAR may be in the process of slowing down now that many of them are seeing the man who was "the best" among them in 2007, is struggling to just make races.

But hey, at least he still has Ashley.

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