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Marino Franchitti

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Franchitti at Le Mans in 2012
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Participating years 2005, 2009 - 2010
Teams Panoz Motorsports
Drayson Racing
Highcroft Racing
Best finish 25th (2010)
Class wins 0

Marino Alessandro Cesare Franchitti[1] (born 7 July 1978) is a Scottish professional racing driver, and the younger brother of Dario Franchitti. He is also the cousin of Scottish racing driver Paul di Resta.

Career

Born in Bathgate, West Lothian, Franchitti began his career in the mid/late '90s, initially finding his feet in Formula Ford 1600 competing in The Champion of Oulton series against circuit specialists such as Alaric Gordon (Champion '99 and '01). These were times for learning and initially, results were poor and it was not clear that Marino had the talent to succeed. He moved on to Formula Vauxhall in 1998.

In 2001, he began driving sports cars and won the GTO Championship in the British GT Championship series. He joined his brother in America in 2002, and drove in Grand Am and the American Le Mans Series, winning 1 race in the LMP 675 class.

In 2003, he was a development driver for Scuderia Ecosse's Ferrari 360 effort, racing with the team at the 12 Hours of Sebring. In 2004, he was a driver for the Panoz Esperante factory team in ALMS as well as making a few Le Mans Series starts in a Porsche. He continued with the Panoz works outfit for the 2005 season, driving in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

In 2006, he returned to Scuderia Ecosse for their effort in FIA GT as well as making assorted other appearances in high-profile sports car endurance races, including the 24 Hours of Daytona for SAMAX Motorsport.

In 2007, he signed a full-season deal to join his brother at Andretti Green Racing and to be the full-time driver for their new ALMS P2 class Acura entry with teammate Bryan Herta. Dario Franchitti, Tony Kanaan, and Herta teamed up to win the P2 class in the first outing for the team and the car: the 2007 12 Hours of Sebring. Marino started with the team at the next race in St. Pete. Both Franchitti brothers left the team after the 2007 season and while Dario went to NASCAR, Marino continued in the ALMS, switching to Dyson Racing's Porsche RS Spyder, partnering with Butch Leitzinger.[2]

He remained with the team for 2009, which fielded a Mazda powered Lola B09/86. He moved to Highcroft Racing for three events in 2010.[3]

In 2011, Franchitti finished second at the Twelve Hours of Sebring in the Highcroft Racing Honda Performance Development ARX-01e, which turned out to be the car's first and only race. He made an end-of-year start with Level 5 Motorsports in one of its Honda Performance Development ARX-01g's at the Petit Le Mans.

For 2012, Franchitti has been confirmed as the first driver of the Highcroft Racing DeltaWing, which will run as the 56th and unclassified entrant in the 2012 24 Hours of Le Mans.[4] Marino also drove for the PR1/Mathasian Motorsports PC team in select races, winning in his class at Mid-Ohio.

In 2013, Franchitti was hired by Level 5 Motorsports to drive an HPD ARX-03b for the 2013 12 Hours of Sebring. Franchitti won the P2 class with Scott Tucker and Ryan Briscoe and came 6th overall. Later, Level 5 signed on Franchitti for a full-season effort in P2.[5]

12 Hours of Sebring results

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2002 23x15px MSB Motorsport 23x15px Ralf Kelleners Ferrari 360 Modena GT GT 12 DNF DNF
2003 23x15px Risi Competizione 23x15px Kevin McGarrity Ferrari 360 Modena GTC GT 243 DNF DNF
2004 23x15px Rand Racing 23x15px Derek Hill
23x15px Andy Lally
Lola B2K/40-Nissan LMP2 12 DNF DNF
2005 23x15px Spyker Squadron 23x15px Peter van Merksteijn Sr.
23x15px Frans Munsterhuis
Spyker C8 Spyder GT2-R GT2 18 DNF DNF
2008 23x15px Dyson Racing 23x15px Butch Leitzinger
23x15px Andy Lally
Porsche RS Spyder Evo LMP2 351 2nd 2nd
2009 23x15px Dyson Racing Team 23x15px Butch Leitzinger
23x15px Ben Devlin
Lola B08/86-Mazda LMP2 149 DNF DNF
2010 23x15px Patrón Highcroft Racing 23x15px David Brabham
23x15px Simon Pagenaud
HPD ARX-01C LMP2 349 5th 2nd
2011 23x15px Highcroft Racing 23x15px David Brabham
23x15px Simon Pagenaud
HPD ARX-01e LMP1 332 2nd 2nd
2013 23x15px Level 5 Motorsports 23x15px Scott Tucker
23x15px Ryan Briscoe
HPD ARX-03b P2 346 6th 1st
2014 23x15px Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates 23x15px Scott Pruett
23x15px Memo Rojas
Riley Mk XXVI-Ford P 291 1st 1st

24 Hours of Le Mans results

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2005 23x15px Panoz Motor Sports 23x15px Patrick Bourdais
23x15px Bryan Sellers
Panoz Esperante GT-LM GT2 185 DNF DNF
2009 23x15px Drayson Racing 23x15px Paul Drayson
23x15px Jonny Cocker
Aston Martin V8 Vantage GT2 GT2 272 DNF DNF
2010 23x15px Highcroft Racing 23x15px David Brabham
23x15px Marco Werner
HPD ARX-01C LMP2 296 25th 9th
2012 23x15px Highcroft Racing 23x15px Michael Krumm
Template:Country data JPN Satoshi Motoyama
DeltaWing-Nissan UNC 75 DNF DNF
2013 23x15px Level 5 Motorsports 23x15px Scott Tucker
23x15px Ryan Briscoe
HPD ARX-03b LMP2 242 NC NC

Complete V8 Supercar results

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Final Pos Points
2011 Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport YMC
R1

YMC
R2

ADE
R3

ADE
R4

HAM
R5

HAM
R6

PER
R7

PER
R8

PER
R9

WIN
R10

WIN
R11

HDV
R12

HDV
R13

TOW
R14

TOW
R15

QLD
R16

QLD
R17

QLD
R18

PHI
R19

BAT
R20

SUR
R21

Ret
SUR
R22

Ret
SYM
R23

SYM
R24

SAN
R25

SAN
R26

SYD
R27

SYD
R28

NC 0

24 Hours of Daytona

Year Team No Car Co-Drivers Laps Class Pos. Class
Pos.
2012 SpeedSource 70 Mazda RX-8 GT 2.0L 3-Rotor 23x15px Jonathan Bomarito
23x15px James Hinchcliffe
23x15px Sylvain Tremblay
722 GT 16 6

Personal life

Marino is married to Holly Mason, second daughter of Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason[6] and a racer of historic cars herself.

Both Marino and Dario Franchitti are friends off the track of fellow Scottish driver Allan McNish. Prior to McNish's wedding both Franchittis attended McNish's stag party in Dumfries taking in a Queen of the South F.C. football match.[7]

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