Though his family heritage is Italian, racing superstar Dario Franchitti is Scottish to the core. Both his parents were born in the rolling country to the north of England. Franchitti, the three-time Indianapolis 500 winner took up driving while studying at Stewart's Melville College in Edinburgh. The capital city is "absolutely stunning," he tells 'Men's Journal,' "though I probably didn't fully appreciate it at the time."
Franchitti keeps an impressive home in Scotland, and he's there with friends and family as often as he can be. He drives, of course, but he also enjoys touring the coastline from the deck of a sailboat, another of his passions. "The country's so compact so you can see the whole thing in three days," he says. Following are some of the IndyCar Series star's favorite things about Scotland.
Where to drive
"Any of the A and B roads – what they call the A and B roads – over there are fantastic," says Franchitti. "Really, any of the western coast, from Loch Lomond up to Argyll up through Oakland, and then even further north, where you can start, then across the east coast, in the middle of the Highlands . . . There are just great roads. You can get lost up there for days, or I can, anyway. You just get in the car and go."
Each road in the Scottish countryside has its own particular challenges. "A lot of undulation, different types of corners," he says. "Sometimes you have to look more at the road than the scenery." If he's on a day trip, he'll typically take his Ferrari F40: "I don't like taking it overnight, in case it rains – it's never been in the rain."
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