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Dario Franchitti back on track at Pikes Peak INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (June 11, 2003) -- Andretti Green Racing driver Dario Franchitti will return to the cockpit of the ...

Dario Franchitti back on track at Pikes Peak

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (June 11, 2003) -- Andretti Green Racing driver Dario Franchitti will return to the cockpit of the #27 Archipelago/Motorola Dallara/Honda/Firestone at Pikes Peak International Raceway on Sunday for the running of the Honda Indy 225.

The 30-year-old Scot was unable to race in the last three Indy Racing League (IRL) IndyCartm Series races after sustaining an injury to his back in an off-track incident in April and has spent the last ten weeks rehabilitating. Saturday morning's practice will mark the first time Franchitti has been in an IndyCartm Series machine since the Phoenix race on March 23.

"I'm very excited to be getting back into the Archipelago/Motorola car," said Franchitti. "It has been a long ten weeks. It was very hard being at the race track and not being able to drive the car. I'd like to thank Dr. Trammell and also my trainers Toni and Tino Mathis for their hard work to help me get back in the car. I'm really looking forward to working with my guys again; they did a fantastic job while I was gone. The Archipelago/Motorola car has been running well, Dan (Wheldon), Robbie (Gordon) and Bryan (Herta) did a good job throughout. Now we are just going to concentrate on winning some races."

Franchitti returns to his Archipelago/Motorola car as the fourth different driver in four races. Andretti Green Racing rookie Dan Wheldon brought the #27 home in seventh place at Motegi, Japan. Robby Gordon then took over the entry at Indianapolis and qualified on the outside of the front row. Gordon retired early form the event with a gearbox problem finishing 22nd. Bryan Herta then took over the controls at Texas, finishing fifth in his IndyCartm Series debut.

"We are really happy to have Dario back in the car," said Kyle Moyer, Archipelago/Motorola team manager. "This Archipelago/Motorola crew has been together for a couple of years working with Dario and I'm sure he is going to get right back in the groove. Even though he wasn't driving, Dario has been at the track working with Tony (Kanaan), Dan (Wheldon) and Bryan (Herta), listening to their feedback and helping to improve the car. We need to thank Bryan for everything he did. He had two really good tests with us and he ran a great race at Texas."

Qualifying for the Honda Indy 225 takes place on Saturday afternoon at 5:45 p.m. EDT. The race is scheduled to go green at 4 p.m. EDT and will be broadcast live on ABC.

-AGR-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Robby Gordon , Dario Franchitti , Bryan Herta , Dan Wheldon