Sunday is going to be a big day for Dario Franchitti and his wife, Ashley Judd.
Franchitti returns to the track in St. Petersburg, Fla., for the start of the IZOD IndyCar Series season -- the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg at 12:30 p.m. on ABC. Franchitti won last year's race here on his way to his third consecutive IndyCar championship and fourth overall.
And Judd, who has been an actress for 20 years, will be glued to a television watching her Kentucky Wildcats play Baylor in the NCAA tournament's Elite Eight at 2:20 p.m. Judd, who grew up in eastern Kentucky and graduated from UK, is the Wildcats' No. 1. fan.
"Ashley has tried getting me into basketball because she's so passionate about it," said Franchitti, who has been married to Judd for 11 years. "I know these Wildcats are really good this year and she thinks they have a real shot."
As for Franchitti, he is all about racing. That's what he thinks about 24-7.
"I can't spend any energy thinking of anything else," he said. "I still have a lot of goals left."
Franchitti began like a lot of drivers, starting in karting. Growing up in Scotland, the 38-year-old Franchitti won the Karting Scottish Junior Championship in 1984. He continued winning and raced in CART, NASCAR and even Sports Car.
And now he's ready to start the 2012 season in IndyCar.
"I still love what I do and I'm still very competitive," he said. "I want to win races. I'm not looking to give this up for a long time. This is all I can think about."
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