30 Years of DTM: Dario Franchitti the youngest race winner in the DTM history
21st May, 1995, Mugello: a young Scot makes himself an early birthday present. Dario Franchitti who joined the Mercedes-Benz DTM squad at the beginning of the season and caused a stir by finishing third in his very first race, made it to the highest step on the podium on the only third race weekend of the year. Two days prior to his 22nd birthday, Franchitti wins the first of the two ITC races held at Mugello, Italy – to establish a record that remained unbroken until today. Franchitti still is the youngest race winner in the history of the most popular international touring-car series.
With a one-second lead, the Mercedes-Benz driver defeats Italy’s Giancarlo Fisichella (Alfa Romeo) and fellow Mercedes-Benz driver Bernd Schneider in the battle for the win, thus making for a first highlight in his extraordinary career.
After two years, two race wins and a total of 16 podiums in DTM/ITC, Franchitti opts for continuing his career in the USA – to secure four IndyCar Series titles and win the legendary Indy 500 three times. At the end of the 2013 season he has to retire from motor racing for good as he suffered – inter alia – two vertebra fractures in a bad crash.
In DTM’s youngest race-winner record list, Dario Franchitti is followed by Mercedes-Benz driver Paul Di Resta who still is racing in DTM. Many people don’t know that the 28-year old Scot is the cousin of Franchitti. When securing his first DTM win, in 2008 at the Lausitzring, Di Resta was 22 years, one month and two days old.