"When you think about an elder statesman, you think of someone where the spirit is gone maybe a little bit _ it happens to everybody," Franchitti said before posting the fastest practice time Friday at Infineon Raceway. "I just don't see myself in that vein yet. I'm as hungry as I ever been, as competitive as I ever have been, so I don't really see that yet."
"I'm enjoying it more because I realize that if I run another five years, I'm still closer to the end of my career than I am to the beginning," he said. "Probably the best thing that happened to me was the ill-fated time in NASCAR because it showed me what I was missing, what I loved to do, that I enjoyed driving IndyCars and being a part of it. That really energized me again."