Franchitti “honoured” after receiving MBE

Credit: Shawn Gritzmacher Toronto 2014

IndyCar star and all-round good guy Dario Franchitti is celebrating after being awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

The Scot, who had to retire from racing after a horror crash in Houston, was given the honour for services to motorsport in the awards – announced in June.

Franchitti, a four time IndyCar Champion, was given his MBE by Prince William – the Duke of Cambridge – at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday.

He told the Edinburgh Evening News: “It’s a wonderful tribute, it’s a wonderful thing to have happen, I’m very proud of the honour obviously and it’s a wonderful full stop to my driving life, it’s wonderful to be recognised.

“I’m still very busy with the Target Chip Ganassi Team, I commentate on races now and do various ambassador roles with companies, so I’m keeping pretty busy.”

Franchitti celebrated receiving the accolade with family members including brother Marino. Also at the palace was another man who has made a big name for himself stateside – Homeland actor Damian Lewis.

Everyone at would like to extend their congratulations to Dario Franchitti on receiving his MBE.