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Franchitti signs multiyear deal with Ganassi

Updated: October 3, 2007, 6:03 PM ET
Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. --With an Indianapolis 500 victory and the series championship, Dario Franchitti believed the time was right to walk away from open-wheel racing.

He'd flirted briefly with NASCAR last year, but a deal to move into stock cars fell apart when Juan Pablo Montoya snagged his ride. So when Chip Ganassi called again with a new opportunity, Franchitti could take it knowing he had nothing left to accomplish in the IndyCar Series.

"We had conversations last year, and ...

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