Tuesday 19 September 2017

Racing star Dario Franchitti robbed at gunpoint in US

Franchitti retired in 2013
Franchitti retired in 2013

Scottish racing driver Dario Franchitti has been robbed at gunpoint at a Taco Bell drive-through restaurant in the US.

Franchitti, who retired in 2013 after winning the Indianapolis 500 race in 2007, 2010 and 2012, was robbed alongside his long-time team-mate Scott Dixon in their car at the restaurant, le ss than a mile from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indiana.

Hours earlier, Dixon had won pole position for next Sunday's Indy 500 race, the most famous event in the Verizon IndyCar US motor racing series.

The police report said two males ran away after the robbery and that Dixon's wife was also in the vehicle.

Officers later arrested two boys, age d 15 and 14.

Dixon, who is from New Zealand, is the 2008 Indy 500 winner and a long-time Chip Ganassi Racing team-mate of Franchitti.

The two drivers were said to be "completely fine" after the incident.

IndyCar driver Tony Kanaan told reporters that Dixon was making a food run for a group of drivers.

He said: "While they were ordering with their windows down two guys approached at gunpoint.

"They held a gun at Dixon's head and asked him for his wallet and his phone. You don't expect that to happen, especially here."

Chip Ganassi Racing said: "Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti are completely fine after being held up last night by two men at a fast food restaurant.

"We will allow the Speedway/Indianapolis police departments to handle the situation and while they conduct their investigation we will refrain from making any further comments to allow Scott to focus on the upcoming Indianapolis 500."

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