IRL: Homestead: Dario Franchitti preview

Dario Franchitti on the Toyota Indy 300 "I'm obviously very excited to get back to racing. Testing is one thing, but racing is what it's all about. I'm really looking forward to this first race at Homestead in the ArcaEx car. The team has done a...

Dario Franchitti on the Toyota Indy 300

"I'm obviously very excited to get back to racing. Testing is one thing, but racing is what it's all about. I'm really looking forward to this first race at Homestead in the ArcaEx car. The team has done a very good job over the winter and we're hoping to do very well. I think all four of the Andretti Green drivers are heading into this first race feeling like we can win. Certainly, there is no way to predict the future, but I think all four of us feel like we're starting out in a good position."

Dario Franchitti Facts
Homestead marks Franchitti's fifth IndyCar Series start
Franchitti has made five open-wheel starts at Homestead-Miami Speedway (one, IndyCar Series) with a best finish of third (1999)
Franchitti finished seventh in this event in 2003 after starting seventh
Franchitti posted one top-five and two top-10 finishes in three IndyCar Series starts in 2003
Sunday's race will mark Franchitti's first official action since undergoing season- ending back surgery on July 19, 2003
Franchitti last raced on June 15, 2003, when he recorded his highest series finish (fourth) at Pikes Peak International Raceway
Franchitti has 10 major open-wheel racing victories and 11 career pole positions

Andretti Green Racing Team Facts
Andretti Green Racing has two wins and three poles in the IndyCar Series
AGR has fielded at least three cars in each IndyCar Series event it has entered
Homestead marks only the second time AGR has fielded four entries in an event (Indianapolis, 2003)
AGR entries have combined for 22 top-five finishes
AGR has placed two cars in the top-five of an event seven times
AGR placed all three cars in the top-10 at Homestead last year

Kyle Moyer, General Manager, Andretti Green Racing:

"The ArcaEx team is really excited to get going, especially with Dario back in the car. I know he is really ready to go and I know the guys are all glad to have him back in the car. Everybody is really looking forward to getting back to the level we were at before his injury. We've been talking about this race since he got out of the car last year at Pikes Peak and now it's here. It's good for the whole team that we're back to the original plan because I felt that it went really well in the few races we ran with Dario last year. I think he can be really good in this series. It will be good to get started with a clean slate this weekend and get on down the road."

-AGR-

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