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Penske ‘admires’ Franchitti for walking away

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HOMESTEAD, FLA. (AP) - IndyCar owner Roger Penske lauded three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti for walking away from racing.

"Don't win the Indianapolis race three times unless you're a great driver," Penske said Saturday night after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series owners' title at Homestead-Miami Speedway. "A bit disappointed. At his age, the things he can do in his profession going forward, quality person, great racer. I really admire him for making that decision."

Franchitti kept Penske Racing drivers from winning IndyCar titles in 2009 (Ryan Briscoe), 2010 (Will Power) and 2011 (Power).

Franchitti, a four-time IndyCar Series champion, reluctantly and abruptly retired Thursday after doctors told him it would be too dangerous to continue racing because of injuries sustained in a harrowing crash last month.

Franchitti fractured his spine, broke his right ankle and suffered a concussion in the Oct. 6 race at Houston. He made contact with Takuma Sato's car on the last lap and sailed into a fence.

The 40-year-old Franchitti underwent two surgeries on his ankle and recently returned home to Scotland to recover.

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