IRL: St. Pete: Dario Franchitti preview

Dario Franchitti on the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg: "I've got a lot of hope going into this race. For the past two seasons we've run very well at St. Pete. In fact in both years we've had a winning car if it weren't for mechanical...

Dario Franchitti on the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg:

"I've got a lot of hope going into this race. For the past two seasons we've run very well at St. Pete. In fact in both years we've had a winning car if it weren't for mechanical problems keeping us from the win in the first year and completely taking us out in the second. I'm going in with a good frame of mind because I enjoy road racing. The Canadian Club team has worked hard over the winter, so we'll give it our best shot."

Dario Franchitti Facts

* Franchitti recorded a top-10 finish in the first race of the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway in the XM Satellite Radio Indy 300 taking the checkered flag in seventh.

* Despite a 17th place finish in the 2006 Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Franchitti dominated the beginning of the race starting from the pole and pulling away before a suspension failure caused him to retire from the race after leading the first 14 laps.

* Along with teammates Bryan Herta and Tony Kanaan, Franchitti drove to a win at the 12 Hours of Sebring on March 17. The trio collected the LMP2 class victory in AGR's first ALMS start.

* Franchitti finished eighth in the 2006 IndyCar Series driver championship despite missing the final race of the season due to an injury.

* Franchitti accumulated three top-five and seven top-10 finishes in 2006. His highest finishes included second at Infineon Raceway (Aug. 25), third at Richmond International Raceway (June 24) and seventh at the Indianapolis 500 (May 28).

* He collected IndyCar Series wins at Nashville and California in 2005.

* Franchitti has recorded three career IndyCar Series pole positions, those coming at Texas (June 10, 2004), California (Oct. 26, 2005) and St. Petersburg (April 2, 2006).

* Three of his four 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 at Nashville Superspeedway (2005).

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

* Since 1998, Franchitti has won more American major open-wheel races than all but four drivers.

Allen McDonald, Race Engineer,

#27 Canadian Club Dallara/Honda/Firestone, on the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg:

"Well, we've definitely had some problems the past couple of years, but Dario has always been extremely competitive at St. Pete. The Canadian Club team has worked hard in the off-season to give Dario a car to win with. Hopefully, we'll be able to set up the car to have some success this year."

-credit: agr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Dario Franchitti , Tony Kanaan , Bryan Herta