FRANCHITTI EARNS FOURTH-PLACE FINISH AT PIR AVONDALE, Ariz. (March 19, 2005) - ArcaEx driver Dario Franchitti earned a fourth-place finish at the Indy Racing LeagueÂ® IndyCarÂ® Series XM Satellite Radio Indy 200 Sunday at Phoenix ...
FRANCHITTI EARNS FOURTH-PLACE FINISH AT PIR
AVONDALE, Ariz. (March 19, 2005) - ArcaEx driver Dario Franchitti earned a fourth-place finish at the Indy Racing League® IndyCar® Series XM Satellite Radio Indy 200 Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway.
Franchitti started the event from fifth place and drove the ArcaEx car into third place by lap 20. He maintained his top-three status until taking over the lead on lap 129. He then controlled the race over the next 52 laps until relinquishing the lead during his final green flag pit stop.
Charging towards the front, Franchitti had the ArcaEx car in second place, trailing Sam Hornish Jr., when the yellow came out on lap 193. Going for the win on the restart, Franchitti took the high line through Turns 1 and 2 but got into the marbles and brushed the wall slightly, costing him precious momentum and dropping him to fourth place.
Hornish earned the victory with Helio Castroneves taking second and Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan placing third. Franchitti was fourth while Scott Sharp finished fifth.
Through two events, Franchitti has 44 points, residing eighth in the driver point standings, just three points shy of seventh-place Sharp and 46 shy of points-leader Hornish.
Franchitti and the rest of the IndyCar Series teams return to action in two weeks when they undertake the league's initial non-oval race in St. Petersburg, Fla., for the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on April 3. The event will be televised live by ESPN, beginning at 3:30 p.m. (EDT).
Dario Franchitti, #27 ArcaEx Dallara/Honda/Firestone:
"The ArcaEx car was the car to beat today, we just didn't get the win. The team did a great job putting us in a position to take a shot at the win. I came off the last restart and tried to make a move around (Sam) Hornish Jr. on the high side and just got up into the marbles and brushed the wall. I was going for the win and we ended up fourth. It's obvious that Andretti Green Racing still has the setup for the 1-mile ovals, I'm just disappointed to have not taken the win today."
Kyle Moyer, General Manager, Andretti Green Racing:
"Dario did a great job today. He definitely had the car to beat and did what he could to win the race; it just didn't work out this time. The ArcaEx team was very good in the pits, getting him in and out in a position to where he could go for the win. It's disappointing not to have won today, but it wasn't for lack of trying. Dario did everything he could to bring home the trophy."