Franchitti Family Wins 2017 Jim Clark Memorial Award
The Franchitti family—including father George and sons Dario and Marino—were awarded the 2017 Jim Clark Memorial Award earlier this month by the Association of Scottish Motoring Writers.
The award, sponsored by Ford, is named for Scottish racing legend Jim Clark, who famously won the Dutch Grand Pri in 1967 with the help of the Ford-Cosworth V8 Grand Prix engine. Previous winners include legends like Richard Noble OBE, Colin McRae, Sir Jackie Stewart and the Bo’ness Hill Climb Revival Committee, the latter of whom won last year’s prize.
“It’s extremely appropriate that both father and sons together receive the 2017 Jim Clark Memorial Award as it was George’s involvement in motor racing which proved infectious for both Dario and Marino,” said President of the Association of Scottish Motoring Writers Stephen Park. “Throughout their careers, the brothers have demonstrated ability and commitment across a large number of different race series, both at home and internationally. However, it’s also important to recognize the women in the family, namely Marina and Carla, who have consistently been at the side of George, Dario, and Marino offering unstinting encouragement and support.”
“Jim Clark was my hero when I was a young man, he was both a world beating driver at the very top of motor racing and a gentleman. To receive this award in his name is a matter of great surprise and pride to me,” said George when receiving the award. “I have been involved in motor racing throughout my life and was happy to encourage both Dario and Marino to take part and enjoy themselves. We have been so lucky that they both showed talent and were able to take advantage of some great opportunities and enjoy success around the world.”
“My earliest memories are watching my dad compete at Ingliston which started a lifelong passion for motorsport,” added Dario. “My parents made huge sacrifices to support racing programs for Marino and me, as did our sister Carla, so I’m delighted we can share this as a family. Thank you to the Association of Scottish Motoring Writers for the award.”