IRL: Milwaukee: Honda Friday report

Franchitti Leads Practice at The Milwaukee Mile Andretti Green Racing's Dario Franchitti led the field Friday at the famed Milwaukee Mile - the oldest continuously-run racetrack in the United States - in opening IndyCar Series practice prior to...

Franchitti Leads Practice at The Milwaukee Mile

Andretti Green Racing's Dario Franchitti led the field Friday at the famed Milwaukee Mile - the oldest continuously-run racetrack in the United States - in opening IndyCar Series practice prior to Sunday's ABC Building Supply/A.J. Foyt 225.

Franchitti was the quickest of the four Andretti Green Racing entries after leading the morning practice session, but all four ended the day in the top five overall, with series rookie Marco Andretti fastest in the afternoon session and second for the day. Panther Racing's Vitor Meira, coming off top-three finishes in the last three races, interrupted the Andretti Green chain with the third-quickest speed, followed by the AGR cars of 2004 series champion Tony Kanaan and Bryan Herta.

The Honda-powered field ran a total of 1,878 miles in two practice sessions today, with no significant engine problems reported.

Sunday's 225-mile event, the 10th round of the 14-race 2006 IndyCar season, starts at 1:30 p.m. EDT, with live television coverage on ESPN.

Dario Franchitti (#27 Andretti Green Racing Honda) fastest in practice today, IndyCar race winner here in 2004: "Actually, the track was pretty tricky today. There's normally two lines around this place, down low and on the high side. But today, for some reason, the car was handling very differently, depending on which line you were using. That's one of the things we'll be working on tomorrow for [Sunday's] race. But I enjoy short tracks like Milwaukee. They seem to be more to our liking this year as a team as well, and I think we have a better chance at victory here this weekend than at some of the more recent events."

-honda racing

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Dario Franchitti , Tony Kanaan , Bryan Herta , Marco Andretti , A.J. Foyt , Vitor Meira
Teams Panther Racing