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FOUNTAIN, Colo. (Aug. 21, 2004) - ArcaEx driver Dario Franchitti will start Sunday afternoon's running of the Indy Racing League® IndyCar® Series Honda Indy 225 from the fourth position after rain cancelled qualifying and the field was set based...

FOUNTAIN, Colo. (Aug. 21, 2004) - ArcaEx driver Dario Franchitti will start Sunday afternoon's running of the Indy Racing League® IndyCar® Series Honda Indy 225 from the fourth position after rain cancelled qualifying and the field was set based on practice times turned earlier in the day.

Franchitti, who was victorious earlier this season on the one-mile oval at Milwaukee, recorded his best practice speed of 172.916 miles per hour during the day's second practice session. The Scotsman enters the event ranked sixth in the IRL IndyCar Series point standings, 17 points shy of fifth-place Sam Hornish Jr.

Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan earned the pole position with a practice speed of 174.311 miles per hour. He will start alongside Klein Tools/Jim Beam driver Dan Wheldon (173.586 miles per hour), while Vitor Meira will start third (173.149 miles per hour).

Kanaan's pole gave Andretti Green Racing its fifth pole of the 2004 season and eighth pole since joining the IRL in 2003. Kanaan has five of those poles, Dan Wheldon has two and Dario Franchitti one. The team has won six of the 11 races run this season.

The Honda Indy 225, Round 12 of the 2004 IRL IndyCar Series, is set to go green at 3:45 p.m. (EDT) Sunday, with ABC Sports providing live broadcast coverage of the 225-lap event beginning at 3:30 p.m. (EDT).

Dario Franchitti, #27 ArcaEx Dallara/Honda/Firestone:

"I would have preferred to have qualified and tried to shoot for a front row starting spot, but we'll take P4. I have two of my teammates in front of me and one close behind, so overall it's a very good showing for Andretti Green Racing and Honda. This is a very, very fast one-mile oval. We worked very hard on the ArcaEx car today and hopefully we'll have things right tomorrow."

Kyle Moyer, General Manager, Andretti Green Racing:

"We mainly worked to make the ArcaEx car a good race car and that's the main thing. We came here with four cars and all four cars seem to be fast. If we can take a team like this, with four cars, and make them fast then I can't wait for the race."

-agr-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Dario Franchitti , Tony Kanaan , Dan Wheldon , Jim Beam , Sam Hornish Jr. , Vitor Meira