IRL: Franchitti Test in the West notes 2003-02-04

Fontana, California (February 4, 2003) -- Andretti Green Racing driver Dario Franchitti posted the fourth fastest time at the Indy Racing League's Test in the West today at California Speedway. Following yesterday's media activities, Franchitti ...

Fontana, California (February 4, 2003) -- Andretti Green Racing driver Dario Franchitti posted the fourth fastest time at the Indy Racing League's Test in the West today at California Speedway. Following yesterday's media activities, Franchitti joined 19 other IndyCar Series drivers at the 2-mile oval in Fontana, California and posted a best lap of 222.534 mph (32.3546 secs).

Using the number of cars to its advantage, the AGR crew worked to improve the car in traffic and drafting situations. Franchitti ran with groups of cars, learning how Alpine/Archipelago/Motorola Dallara/Honda/Firestone reacted to different aerodynamic influences brought on by running with other cars.

Felipe Giaffone led today's practice session with a speed of 225.714 mph 31.8988 secs). Tomas Scheckter was second at 223.186 mph (32.2601 secs) and Franchitti's techincal partner Tony Kanaan was third quickest in the Team 7-Eleven entry with a speed of 222.547 mph (32.3527 secs). Franchitti's other technical partner, Dan Wheldon placed his Klein Tools/Jim Beam entry 15th on the speed charts with a best speed of 219.196 mph (32.8473 secs).

The Test in the West takes a two-day hiatus before the IndyCar Series gets back on the track at Phoenix International Raceway on Friday, February 7. The AGR crew will spend the next couple of days converting their cars from its superspeedway configuration to a short oval set up.

Dario Franchitti, Alpine/Archipelago/Motorola Dallara/Honda/Firestone:

"It was nice to run with a lot of cars on the track today. I got to run very closely with Tony (Kanaan) and we were able to see how the car reacted in traffic. It was nice to be able to test with all of my teammates and get information from everyone. This gave us a chance to see how we worked together as a team and so far it has been very good."

Kyle Moyer, Team Manager, Alpine/Arichipelago/Motorola

"It was a good day. We were able to post a quick time and we were able to run in a bunch of traffic late in the afternoon. One of the good things about having our teammates out there is we are able to play our own games and experiment some in the draft. That was our main focus today because we don't race at Fontana until September. This is the first time we've run with a lot of other teams. One of the things we need to learn is how we run with a lot of cars. We found some of that out today."

-AGR-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Felipe Giaffone , Dario Franchitti , Tony Kanaan , Jim Beam