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Dario Franchitti on the Kansas Lottery Indy 300: "At Kansas, we are just going to keep the pressure on those leading the points and keep working on our superspeedway program. I think we will do well and hopefully have the...

Dario Franchitti on the Kansas Lottery Indy 300:

"At Kansas, we are just going to keep the pressure on those leading the points and keep working on our superspeedway program. I think we will do well and hopefully have the Canadian Club car at the front at the finish. We'll go through Kansas next week and see how we do taking us into Indy."

Dario Franchitti Facts

* At the 2006 Kansas Lottery Indy 300, Franchitti suffered a severe mechanical issue and finished 12th.

* Franchitti has two top-five finishes at Kansas Speedway finishing fourth in both 2004 and 2005.

* Franchitti piloted his race car to his first podium of the year at Twin Ring Motegi with a third-place finish.

* Along with teammates Bryan Herta and Tony Kanaan, Franchitti drove to a win at the 12 Hours of Sebring on March 17. The trio collected the LMP2 class victory in AGR's first ALMS start.

* Franchitti finished eighth in the 2006 IndyCar Series driver championship despite missing the final race of the season due to an injury.

* Franchitti accumulated three top-five and seven top-10 finishes in 2006. His highest finishes included second at Infineon Raceway (Aug. 25), third at Richmond International Raceway (June 24) and seventh at the Indianapolis 500 (May 28).

* He collected IndyCar Series wins at Nashville and California in 2005.

* Franchitti has recorded three career IndyCar Series pole positions, those coming at Texas (June 10, 2004), California (Oct. 26, 2005) and St. Petersburg (April 2, 2006).

* Three of his four 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 at Nashville Superspeedway (2005).

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

* Since 1998, Franchitti has won more American major open-wheel races than all but four drivers.

-credit: agr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Dario Franchitti , Tony Kanaan , Bryan Herta