Farewell Franchitti: NASCAR Drivers React To Dario’s Retirement

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – MAY 27: Dario Franchitti pours the victory milk over his head in victory lane in celebration of winning the IZOD IndyCar Series 96th running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 27, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

Taking the advice of his doctors, three-time Indy 500 winner Dario Franchitti announced his retirement on Thursday.

Franchitti – a four-time IndyCar champion who also enjoyed a brief NASCAR career – sustained head and neck injuries in a violent crash last month in Houston. Doctors warned Franchitti that continuing to race could be detrimental to his long-term health. 

Considered one of IndyCar’s all-time greats, the announcement sent shockwaves through the racing community. Here’s what some of your favorite NASCAR drivers were saying.