IRL: Texas: Dario Franchitti preview

Dario Franchitti on the Bombardier Learjet 500: "The Klein Tools/Canadian Club guys have done an incredible job the last couple of races. Unfortunately, we have not had the results that we expected. Based on Homestead and Motegi, I think we'll...

Dario Franchitti on the Bombardier Learjet 500:

"The Klein Tools/Canadian Club guys have done an incredible job the last couple of races. Unfortunately, we have not had the results that we expected. Based on Homestead and Motegi, I think we'll have a fast car and one that can challenge for the win at Texas. We're still in the hunt for the championship and a good finish at Texas would really help our effort."

Dario Franchitti Facts

At the first Texas race of 2004, Franchitti sat on the pole and finished second to teammate Tony Kanaan, his best result at Texas Motor Speedway.

He finished seventh at the 2006 Indianapolis 500.

Franchitti is currently 10th in the IndyCar Series driver championship. He is two points out of seventh place and 33 points out of fifth.

He finished fourth at the season-opening race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Franchitti collected IndyCar Series wins at Nashville and California in 2005.

He finished fourth in the 2005 driver point standings with 498 points, his highest IndyCar Series finish.

Franchitti had eight top-five and 13 top-10 finishes in 2005.

He led 448 laps in 2005 to rank second among lap leaders.

The Scotsman has recorded three career IndyCar Series pole positions, those coming at

Texas (June 10, 2004), California (Oct. 16, 2005) and St. Petersburg (April 2, 2006).

Three of Franchitti's 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 the 1.33-mile Nashville

track (2005). His fourth victory came on the two-mile D-shaped oval at California Speedway (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.

John Anderson, Team Manager, 27 Klein Tools/Canadian Club Dallara/Honda/Firestone on the Bombardier Learjet 500:
"I'm expecting a good deal of competition at Texas. At Homestead, we saw that Penske had done their homework in the offseason and pushed on from last year with the engine difference. At the time, they were a step ahead of us. However, I think we've closed that gap considerably. Our engineers have really worked hard trying to gain that last little bit that will see Penske and Ganassi behind us."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Dario Franchitti , Tony Kanaan , John Anderson