Dario Franchitti sits down and tells CNN why he’s sticking with IndyCar. View video interview below. Full story available here.

“There are a lot of drivers that talk about wanting to race in INDYCAR. We believe that the skill set it takes and just the toughness and willpower to get behind the wheel of these cars is pretty amazing.” -Randy Bernard (Read more about the $5 Million Dollar Challenge at the IZOD IndyCar World Championships)

It’s your turn: tell us what skills a driver needs to be successful in multiple series. Are you a fan of drivers that compete in multiple series such as Danica Patrick, or do you prefer to see drivers stick to their “roots?” Which drivers do you think have what it takes to compete for the $5 Million Dollar purse at the IZOD IndyCar World Championships this October?


There are 10 comments for this post.

  1. mike on April 4, 2011 3:44 pm

    I feel drivers that run multiple cars learn more and it could eventually help them in the series they choose to run full time.

  2. medea on April 4, 2011 4:33 pm

    Well I can play the drums,the trumpet ,the bass . I believe if one loves racing like I love music,why not enjoy different ‘genres’ :)

  3. Dan on April 4, 2011 6:18 pm

    Do you think the name Mario Andretti would be synonymous with “race driver” if he hadn’t competed (and won) in multiple arenas. I believe the “best” drivers are those who can be competitive in many different types of cars and not just one series

  4. Zachary B. on April 4, 2011 7:01 pm
    Zachary B.

    I think that a driver should be able to develop skills in varied racing series but they should really focus on a series at a time. Greats like Mario and now even to some degree Juan Pablo Montoya have shown great skill but they devote their time to one series at a time. Not trying to run several at one time.

  5. DennisEarles on April 4, 2011 7:51 pm

    Well it is apparent Indy car drivers aren’t going to NASCAR

  6. Mark Bolster on April 4, 2011 8:13 pm
    Mark Bolster

    I grew up watching guys race in IndyCar, CanAm, F5000,Sportscars, and even limited F1. In a SINGLE SEASON! It WAS better then, but I understand why drivers don’t do this anymore. Watching amazing drivers like Mario, Donohue, Stewart, Parnelli, and Al Unser go head to head in anything with wheels was really special.

  7. J Louis Frey on April 4, 2011 9:08 pm
    J Louis Frey

    I like to see drivers challenge themselves by trying different racing series. A driver has to have a good feel for how the car is acting to be successful. Who could win the $5 million? How about Robby Gordon, AJ Allmendinger, JJ Yeley, drag racer Cruz Pedregon, JP Montoya, or Bryan Clausen!!!

  8. Pete on April 4, 2011 11:19 pm

    Stick with one series

  9. Joseph Riccardo on April 5, 2011 12:47 pm
    Joseph Riccardo

    IndyCar racing is the best. I preferred the DP01 ChampCar for road courses because it handled very well. If Panoz could make an aero package that mimicked the DP01, that would be nice. NASCAR, as Tony Stewart said several years ago, IS RIGGED. NASCAR picks and chooses the rules it wants to follow and enforces what it wants to enforce on any given day. NASCAR should take the SC our of the name. The cars are NOT stock. No stock car on the street uses a carburetor any more – all are fuel-injected. Cars with no speedometers are not stock either. NASCAR is a phony racing series that has a lot of people fooled. What Lee Petty drove was stock – straight off the street. NASCAR rules are not obtainable unless you pay the fee to become NASCAR “licensed.” Why is NASCAR so afraid to publish its “rules” online? The answer is because they want to enforce things their way. Notice: ticket sales are down for NASCAR – have been for several years…fans leaving at an alarming rate for sponsors – No one wants to see Jimmie Johnson win a rigged title for another year. It is a joke of a “sport” They’ve ruined NASCAR – Now, IndyCar has become a lot better, but still needs more work to regain its fame and prestige… I see it happening, but not until the 2012 season and maybe a few more aero packages are entered into the field…

  10. David Williams on April 9, 2011 5:14 pm
    David Williams

    This season will determine whether or not Danica should be racing two series at once. Her performance in Indy cars last year was way off from the previous year(s). I’d like to see her stick with IndyCar and improve her skills there. Last year’s Texas and Homestead racing were very exciting races because she was very much on her game.

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