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Motor racing: Former Indy 500 winner Franchitti to race for first time since 2013

Scotland's Dario Franchitti of Target Chip Ganassi Racing waits for his car to arrive during the Indy Car Series practice in Edmonton, Alberta, July 20, 2012. REUTERS/Todd Korol (CANADA - Tags: SPORT MOTORSPORT)/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) - Three times Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti will be getting back behind the wheel at next month’s Goodwood Revival meeting for his first race since injury-enforced retirement in 2013.

The Scot suffered spinal fractures, concussion and a broken ankle in a career-ending crash at the Houston Grand Prix that October.

Now 46, the four times IndyCar champion will drive a classic 1960s Ferrari 250GT in the Kinrara Trophy, billed as the world’s most valuable race with a field of cars valued at more than 200 million pounds ($242.42 million).

He will also drive an ex-Le Mans AC Cobra in a Tourist Trophy race against the likes of Denmark’s retired nine times Le Mans 24 Hours winner Tom Kristensen and Italian ex-F1 racer Emmanuele Pirro.

“I really thought my racing days were behind me but it is tough to give up something that has been a part of my life for so long and that I love so much,” said Franchitti in a statement.

“Of course this won’t mean a return to front line competition -- so no Indy 500 -- simply enjoying the sport I love as an amateur.”

($1 = 0.8250 pounds)

Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Tony Lawrence