JUNE 26, 2000
Franchitti to test for Jaguar Racing
He was very successful with Paul Stewart Racing in the junior formulae and went on to race for Mercedes-Benz in the International Touring Car Championship in 1995 and 1996 before going to America as a Mercedes-Benz driver. At the end of 1997 he made the controversial decision to join Team Green on a three-year contract, using Honda engines.
Although Jackie Stewart is less involved than previously in Jaguar Racing, the team director Andy Miller knows Franchitti well and rates him highly, having run the Scot in Formula 3 in 1994 when Dario was one of Stewart's drivers in the "StaircaseÊof Talent" scheme.
Franchitti is also managed by the well-connected F1 manager and marketing specialist Julian Jakobi.
Jaguar Racing is a logical destination for Franchitti. He is well-known to Ford Motor Company executives in the UnitedÊStates. He is very much in the image of Jaguar drivers and has the added bonus of being the fiance of Hollywood film star AshleyÊJudd.