IRL: Chicagoland: AGR, Dario Franchitti preview

Dario Franchitti on the Delphi Indy 300: "The ArcaEx team has earned podium finishes in each of our past two outings, plus we've had very good success this season on the 1.5-mile ovals at Texas and Kansas. We are looking for another strong run...

Dario Franchitti on the Delphi Indy 300:

"The ArcaEx team has earned podium finishes in each of our past two outings, plus we've had very good success this season on the 1.5-mile ovals at Texas and Kansas. We are looking for another strong run this weekend at Chicago and hope to gain another position in the points race."

Dario Franchitti Facts

Chicagoland will mark Franchitti's 18th career IRL IndyCar® Series start.

This will be Franchitti's first appearance at Chicagoland Speedway.

Entering the Chicagoland event, Franchitti is riding a string of three-consecutive top-five finishes.

Franchitti earned his second IRL IndyCar® Series victory of the season at Pikes Peak on August 22.

Franchitti earned his first IndyCar® Series victory at Milwaukee on July 25.

Franchitti's win at Pikes Peak was the third oval-track victory of his career.

Both of Franchitti's victories this season have come on one-mile ovals.

Franchitti has dominated the two races which he's won this season, leading 111 of 225 laps at Milwaukee, and 128 of 225 laps at Pikes Peak.

Franchitti's winning effort at Pikes Peak marked the third IndyCar® Series victory by the ArcaEx team, as they also won at Kansas in July, 2003, with driver Bryan Herta at the wheel.

Franchitti has recorded four top-five finishes this season (Pikes Peak - 1st, Milwaukee - 1st, Texas - 2nd, Kansas - 4th).

Franchitti earned his first MBNA Pole Award when he qualified on pole position at Texas.

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

Allen McDonald, Race Engineer, #27 ArcaEx Dallara/Honda/Firestone, on the Delphi Indy 300:

"The ArcaEx team has posted strong results over four of the last five races and we'd like to keep that momentum going. We had very good races on the 1.5-mile ovals at Texas and Kansas and hopefully we can build on those setups and have another good race this weekend."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Dario Franchitti , Bryan Herta