Dario Franchitti has won the IZOD IndyCar Series champion three times and the Indianapolis 500 twice. Born in Bathgate, he initially became interested in karting whilst at school in Edinburgh. Before long he won the Scottish Junior Karting Championship. This was quickly followed by the British Junior Championships in 1985 and 1986, graduating to gain the Scottish senior title in 1988. He has raced in a range of motor-sports, including British Formula Three, German Touring Car Championships, CART, NASCAR and is currently enjoying successes with the IndyCar series.