IRL: Watkins Glen: Dario Franchitti preview

Dario Franchitti on the Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix: "I'm excited to be going up to Watkins Glen. It's a great road course and one with a lot of history. It's really a challenging track that is wonderful to drive, and the ArcaEx team will be ...

Dario Franchitti on the Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix:

"I'm excited to be going up to Watkins Glen. It's a great road course and one with a lot of history. It's really a challenging track that is wonderful to drive, and the ArcaEx team will be looking to run up front."

Dario Franchitti Facts

The Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix will mark Franchitti's 36th career IndyCar Series start.

Franchitti has six top-five and 11 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 380 laps this season to rank second among 2005 lap leaders, including leading 68 laps at Pikes Peak, 44 laps at Milwaukee, 74 laps at Nashville, 56 laps at Richmond, 67 laps at Motegi and 52 laps at Phoenix.

Entering the Watkins Glen event, Franchitti is fourth in the driver point standings with 413 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 Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix:

"Watkins Glen is a track that really suits Dario's driving style. The ArcaEx team was very fast at Infineon, but a problem in qualifying kept us from showing our true potential. We want to make up for that at Watkins Glen and hopefully have a double podium celebration with Dan."

-AGR-

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