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Dario Franchitti on the California Indy 400: "The ArcaEx car has been very fast this season. More often than not, however, we haven't achieved the results we feel that we should have. We'll be looking to run up front and hopefully...

Dario Franchitti on the California Indy 400:

"The ArcaEx car has been very fast this season. More often than not, however, we haven't achieved the results we feel that we should have. We'll be looking to run up front and hopefully bring home a win at California. That would be a great way to wrap up the season in style."

Dario Franchitti Facts

The California Indy 400 will mark Franchitti's 37th career IndyCar Series start.

Franchitti has seven top-five and 12 top-10 finishes this season. His best performances have been a victory at Nashville (July 16), second at Richmond (June 25) and Milwaukee (July 24) and third-place efforts at St. Petersburg (April 3) and at Watkins Glen (Sept. 25).

Franchitti compiled a string of four consecutive top-five finishes from June 25 through July 24 which included a second at Milwaukee (July 24), victory at Nashville (July 16), fourth at Kansas (July 3) and second at Richmond (June 25).

Franchitti has led 380 laps this season to rank second among 2005 lap leaders, including leading 68 laps at Pikes Peak, 44 laps at Milwaukee, 74 laps at Nashville, 56 laps at Richmond, 67 laps at Motegi and 52 laps at Phoenix.

Entering the California event, Franchitti is fourth in the driver point standings with 448 points, 34 shy of third place and 30 ahead of fifth spot.

The Scotsman recorded his first IndyCar Series MBNA Pole Award at Texas (June 10, 2004).

Each of Franchitti's three IndyCar Series victories have come on tracks of 1.33 miles or smaller, including the 1-mile ovals at Milwaukee (2004) and Pikes Peak (2004) and the 1.33-mile Nashville track (2005).

Franchitti has 14 major open-wheel racing victories and 12 career pole positions.

Allen McDonald, Race Engineer, #27 ArcaEx Dallara/Honda/Firestone, on the California Indy 400:

"The ArcaEx team has been very competitive on the superspeedways this year, but for various reasons we have not had results which are indicative of our performance. We would like to finish off the season with a strong performance and possibly boost Dario up into third in the championship standings."

-AGR-

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