George Dario Marino Franchitti, MBE (born 19 May 1973) is a retired British racing driver. He won the IndyCar Series four times; in 2007, and three more times in 2009, 2010 and 2011 and a three time Indianapolis 500 champion in 2007, 2010 and 2012. Franchitti started his career in his native Great Britain in the early 1990s, competing in Formula Vauxhall and Formula Three, and was also the winner of the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award in 1992. After Franchitti did not secure a single-seater drive in 1995, he was contracted by the AMG team to compete in touring cars, in the DTM and its successor, the International Touring Car Championship. Despite two seasons with relative success, the series folded at the end of the 1996 season, again leaving Franchitti without a drive. Mercedes placed Franchitti in CART in 1997 with the Hogan Racing team.