CHAMPCAR/CART: Dario Franchitti finished Belle Isle track

DETROIT (May 31, 2000) - Champ Car driver Dario Franchitti returned to The Raceway on Belle Isle Park today to assist with track construction for the 19th Annual Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit happening June 16-18. This time he wasn't...

DETROIT (May 31, 2000) - Champ Car driver Dario Franchitti returned to The Raceway on Belle Isle Park today to assist with track construction for the 19th Annual Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit happening June 16-18. This time he wasn't behind the wheel of his #27 Team KOOL Green Honda Reynard but rather at the controls of a forklift.

Franchitti put the final concrete barrier in place along the start-finish line. His goal is to cross that same line first and capture the checkered flag again in 2000. It was the site of a very important victory for him last season. Dario's win in the 1999 Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit launched him into the points lead for the first time in his CART FedEx Championship Series career.

"I have fantastic memories of last year's win in Detroit, and I'm certainly looking forward to returning to defend the title," stated Dario Franchitti. "Winning is never easy, especially on a tough and tight circuit like Belle Isle, so it was a very gratifying win. And to have my teammate Paul Tracy come home in second for a one-two Team KOOL Green finish made it especially sweet."

In 1999, Franchitti led all Champ Car drivers in road/street course points with 128. He lost the championship last year by a tiebreaker process after ending the season deadlocked at 212 points with Juan Montoya. He hopes his return to the scenic 2.346-mile temporary street course can catapult him in the race for the CART championship this season.

To order tickets to the Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit, call 1-800-498-RACE or 313-870-7223. Also, tickets can be purchased at any Ticketmaster location. Any one interested in being a part of the race as a volunteer should contact the Detroit Grand Prix Association at 313-872-3472. Visit www.imgmotorsports.com for further event and ticket information.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Paul Tracy , Dario Franchitti