Di Resta could replace cousin Franchitti in IndyCar

Dario Franchitti announced he will step put of the cockpit due to injuries he sustained in Houston, Texas. It appears now that his cousin may aim for the Ganassi ride.

Nov.16 (GMM) Paul di Resta could rescue his career in America's premier open wheel series IndyCar in 2014.

Curiously, the retirement of his famous cousin, Dario Franchitti, could have opened up the vacant seat for the Scot, Italy's Italiaracing reports.

Fellow West Lothian-born Franchitti, 40, has called time on his career on medical advice, in the wake of his horror crash in Houston recently that caused head and spinal injuries.

Marino Franchitti and Dario Franchitti visit with Paul di Resta at Jerez, 2012
Marino Franchitti and Dario Franchitti visit with Paul di Resta at Jerez, 2012

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"Racing in America is slightly different, isn't it?" di Resta, who could be replaced after three years at Force India after next week's Brazilian Grand Prix, said in Austin when asked about his cousin's retirement.

"In Europe he (Franchitti) is probably under-appreciated," he is quoted by the Mirror.

"To sit there at 40, having won four IndyCar titles and three Indy 500s -- I would like to be in that position."

Italiaracing said di Resta could be a contender to succeed Franchitti at the Ganassi team.

But the 27-year-old said in Austin that he hopes to stay in Formula One, even though the 2014 driver market seems to be speeding ahead without him.

"I think it's very late, given where it all is at the moment -- but what can you do?" di Resta said.

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Series Formula 1 , IndyCar
Drivers Dario Franchitti , Marino Franchitti , Paul di Resta
Teams Force India
Article type Breaking news
Tags di resta, family, force india, franchitti, ganassi, indycar, scotland