Franchitti Making A Move To NASCAR

The Associated Press has learned that Dario Franchitti's much-anticipated move to stock cars will begin Friday with an ARCA race at Talladega Superspeedway.

According to a person familiar with the negotiations, the 2007 Indy 500 winner and IndyCar Series champion has agreed to a multiyear deal to replace David Stremme in the Number-40 Dodge for NASCAR's Chip Ganassi Racing.

An official announcement is expected Wednesday at Ganassi's race
shop in North Carolina. Ganassi's Nextel Cup stable already includes another former open-wheel star, rookie Juan Pablo Montoya.

Ganassi said Sunday that he was close to a deal with Franchitti's open-wheel team, Andretti Green Racing, to get the 34-year-old Scot out of his contract, which ends December first.

An Andretti Green spokesman says the team has no comment on
Franchitti's move.