Monday, September 10, 2007
IRL Drivers Move Up And Over To NASCAR
Dario Franchitti proved himself the best driver in the Indy Racing League yesterday after winning the series championship at the Chicagoland Speedway. Once upon a time that would have put him atop the racing industry with the open wheel win, but not anymore. If news reports are accurate, he will be heading on over to the NASCAR series next year, where he can earn far more money and develop a much larger fan base. Tony Stewart's career was propelled after he made the move from the IRL to NASCAR. Sam Hornish, Jr. is expected to do the same. So it's pretty much official. The IRL is a second-rate racing league, a big step below where open wheel racing stood in American racing under the leadership of the late Tony Hulman.