IRL: Pikes Peak: Dario Franchitti preview

Dario Franchitti on the Honda Indy 225: "Pikes Peak is a difficult track. The altitude definitely affects the performance of the engine and you don't create as much downforce through aerodynamics as you do at the other 1-mile...

Dario Franchitti on the Honda Indy 225:

"Pikes Peak is a difficult track. The altitude definitely affects the performance of the engine and you don't create as much downforce through aerodynamics as you do at the other 1-mile tracks. The higher banking changes things, as well. It's a real challenge; it's definitely a challenging track."

Dario Franchitti Facts

The Honda Indy 225 will mark Franchitti's 33rd career IndyCar Series start.

Franchitti is the defending champion at the Honda Indy 225.

Franchitti has six top-five and nine top-10 finishes this season. His best performances have been a victory at Nashville (July 16), second at Richmond (June 25) and Milwaukee (July 24) and a third at St. Petersburg (April 3).

Franchitti compiled a string of four consecutive top-five finishes from June 25 through July 24 which included a second at Milwaukee (July 24), victory at Nashville (July 16), fourth at Kansas (July 3) and second at Richmond (June 25).

Franchitti has led 312 laps this season to rank second among 2005 lap leaders, including leading 44 laps at Milwaukee, 74 laps at Nashville, 56 laps at Richmond, 67 laps at Motegi and 52 laps at Phoenix.

Entering the Pikes Peak event, Franchitti is fourth in the driver point standings with 345 points.

The Scotsman recorded his first IndyCar Series MBNA Pole Award at Texas (June 10, 2004).

Each of Franchitti's three 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 the 1.33-mile Nashville track (2005).

Franchitti has 14 major open-wheel racing victories and 12 career pole positions.

Allen McDonald, Race Engineer, #27 ArcaEx Dallara/Honda/Firestone, on the Honda Indy 225:

"The ArcaEx car was very fast at Kentucky, but we were very disappointed not to have finished the race. In this three-in-a-row portion of the schedule, we still anticipate doing well at what should be two of Dario's best tracks (Pikes Peak and Infineon). We need some strong finishes to keep us in contention for the championship."

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