IRL: Motegi: Dario Franchitti preview

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Who: #27 ArcaEx Dallara/Honda/Firestone driver Dario Franchitti
What: Bridgestone Indy Japan 300, Round 3 of the Indy Racing League® IndyCar® Series
Where: Twin Ring Motegi, Motegi, Japan
When: Saturday, April 17, 2004
Television: ESPN2 (Live), Friday, April 16 at 11:30 p.m. (EDT)

Dario Franchitti on the Bridgestone Indy Japan 300:

"Motegi is a great track. In the past, it has always produced very close racing. I think it does that by having two very different ends, by being an egg-shaped track. I like that style of track. It adds to the challenge of the whole thing. It just seems to take a lot of luck to win there. Tony (Kanaan) was in a position to win last year and I've been in a position to win there before, but some strange things have happened or broken there. Hopefully, luck will be on our side this time around.

"I'm just very eager and enthusiastic about getting another shot at a good finish in Japan in the ArcaEx car. We've been quick in both races this year, but just have gotten he results we wanted. I know we can do that job and will do the job. I'm just ready to get out there and start winning."

Dario Franchitti Facts

* Twin Ring Motegi marks Franchitti's seventh career IndyCar Series start, first series start at Twin Ring and sixth overall open-wheel start there

* In five previous open-wheel starts at Motegi, Franchitti recorded two podium finishes (2000 and 2002)

* Franchitti is looking to rebound from his second consecutive 17th place finish after an accident ended his Phoenix race on lap 180

* At Phoenix, Franchitti spent all 180 laps he completed in the top 10, including 109 laps in the top-five

* Franchitti has 10 major open-wheel racing victories and 11 career pole positions

Kyle Moyer, General Manager, Andretti Green Racing:

"We just need to finish the job at Motegi. We've had cars capable of winning in both races this year, but just haven't gotten to the end. The good thing about Motegi is that it's probably one of the best ovals for Dario. Our hopes are pretty high for him this time around. He's had the best team finishes and the best finishes for Honda over there a couple times before, so if we can just improve his best finish by one spot we'll be where we want to be."

-AGR-

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