Franchitti to NASCAR not an odd fit, it could be an obvious one

Dario Franchitti had accomplished all he could in American open-wheel racing. He may not reach such great heights in NASCAR, but he will look and sound good doing it, writes John Oreovicz.

Updated: October 4, 2007, 5:14 PM ET
By John Oreovicz | Special to ESPN.com

Congratulations, NASCAR Nation.

With today's confirmation that Dario Franchitti will drive Chip Ganassi's No. 40 Dodge in the 2008 Sprint Cup Series, you have successfully and officially seduced one of American open-wheel racing's few true bright lights.

Franchitti doesn't have Sam Hornish Jr.'s records or Paul Tracy's reputation, but he boasts an unexplainable star quality that few racers in any series are capable of pulling off.

Maybe it's his mixture ...

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