IRL: Chicagoland: Dario Franchitti preview

Dario Franchitti on the Peak Antifreeze Indy 300: "Chicagoland Speedway is a track that always produces close races. There have been many times this season where the ArcaEx car has been the car to beat, but unfortunately something seems to ...

Dario Franchitti on the Peak Antifreeze Indy 300:

"Chicagoland Speedway is a track that always produces close races. There have been many times this season where the ArcaEx car has been the car to beat, but unfortunately something seems to happen which has prevented us from having the season we're capable of. Hopefully we'll have the ArcaEx car at the front of the pack and challenge for the win this weekend."

Dario Franchitti Facts

The Peak Antifreeze Indy 300 will mark Franchitti's 35th 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 Chicagoland event, Franchitti is fourth in the driver point standings with 395 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 Peak Antifreeze Indy 300:

"The ArcaEx car was fast in the test last week and we had a strong race last year before gearbox problems cut our day short. We have been very competitive in the last few races but haven't been able to get the results we've been looking for."

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