Cocktails with Dario Franchitti, Radcliffe Jewelers, September 1
We weren’t very psyched about the Grand Prix, what with the cutting of the trees and the noise and the inconvenience. But we’ll concede that it seems like the weekend was a success: the bars and restaurants were packed, the hotels were sold out Friday and Saturday nights and the city got a public relations boost. If we have to have it (and with a five year contract, we do) better for it to succeed than fail.
One big success came Friday night. Racing’s striking star Dario Franchitti stepped out that night after practice to mix and mingle at Radcliffe Jewelers in Pikesville with jewelry lovers and race car driving fans to raise money for the The Herman & Walter Samuelson Children’s Hospital at Sinai.
Five Minutes with Dario Franchitti
Have you ever had a speeding ticket?
I’v had a couple.
Would you mind telling me how fast you were going?
I’d rather not.
What do you find most annoying about regular drivers?
When drivers are not paying attention. It doesn’t matter if you are going 30 (mph) or 120, you need to focus and not talk on the phone.
What is your pre-race routine?
About an hour before the race, I try to clear my head. I do some stretching and spend time getting focused on the race.
Do you have a favorite movie of your wife Ashley Judd?
Well, I think they are all pretty good.
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