bring out the yellows again. So it was vital
to be P1 when that happened, and so I
said to my team on the radio, “Guys, this
is going to be all or nothing…”
The other thing is, we changed gearing
on race morning…and got it wrong! Sixth
was too short for when I got in the draft,
so it was harder for me to pass. So that’s
another reason I wanted to be in the lead.
Every time you’ve got your bases covered,
something else comes up. That’s Indy!
Anyway, my restart worked and at last
I achieved my dream; my face is on the
Borg-Warner Trophy. The bonus is, it’s right
beside my dear friends, Dario and Dan.
I was at the SEMA Show with Borg Warner,
and everyone wanted their picture taken
with the Trophy more than with me, but
that’s fine – it’s much more famous than I
am. That’s why being on it means so, so
much. I could not be more proud.
Next year, TK joins Chip Ganassi Racing,
for whom he raced as a one-off in the
Grand-Am Rolex Series at Indianapolis
this year (BELOW), finishing ninth in DP.
MEMORIES OF a MagIc MaY
post-race at the
Indy 500 – but
this time the
he’s won at last!
(FAR LEFT) With
Dario Franchitti –
TK’s former and
• Finally I must say a word about Dario
following his decision to retire. Teammate,
Princess, DF, Old Man, DFrank… His actual
name is George Dario Marino Franchitti.
When he came from Europe to run in CART,
I was in my second year in Indy Lights. But
when I joined CART, suddenly Greg Moore,
Dario, Max Papis and I were inseparable.
On track, we’d never give an inch, but off
it, we always hung out together. Fun times.
I joined Dario at Andretti Green Racing at
the end of 2002, and our stint there was
glorious: My ’04 championship; his ’07 Indy
500 win and title; countless race wins for
the whole team. He left IndyCar in ‘08, but
came back and won everything! What can
you say about three “500s” and four titles?
This year Dario bugged me about being
his teammate again, and he’s instrumental
in getting me to Ganassi. After the deal was
done, we kept talking about how cool 2014
would be. But, you know, not everything
in life goes the way we want it to be.
But maybe now, at last, I really can call
him just “Old Man,”and get some driving
advice from him. R . D