There's a cruel irony in the fact that Dario Franchitti now has the freedom to do pretty much anything he wants, except for the thing he wants to do most of all.
It's difficult to think of any other modern driver in any professional category anywhere in the world with such a deeply ingrained affinity with motorsport's heritage as Franchitti.
Many successful athletes begin to think of their legacy as their career enters the advanced years, but in Franchitti's case that came less from personal ego than from an honest desire to be a worthy bearer of the torch he inherited from those who came before him.
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