IRL: Homestead: Dario Franchitti preview

Franchitti Looking Forward to IndyCar Series opener at Homestead. INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (February 25, 2003) -- Andretti Green Racing's (AGR) Dario Franchitti is no stranger to racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In fact the Scot, who will make...

Franchitti Looking Forward to IndyCar Series opener at Homestead.

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (February 25, 2003) -- Andretti Green Racing's (AGR) Dario Franchitti is no stranger to racing at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In fact the Scot, who will make his debut with AGR in the #27 Alpine/Archipelago/Motorola Dallara/Honda/Firestone this weekend at the 1.5- mile oval, even earned a third place finish at Homestead in 1999.

But while track familiarity is an asset, Franchitti is a realist when it comes to discussing the upcoming Indy Racing League IndyCar Series season opener. Although he readily admits to being charged up for the new race season and is hopeful to deliver a strong performance, his experience with Homestead's ever changing track conditions are also on his mind.

"I'm excited about the season starting," says Franchitti. "We're looking for good results and I know the whole team is going to try its best to win every race. Driving an IndyCar Series car around Homestead-Miami Speedway is different than my previous experiences at this track. I was able to run some laps in testing but that is different than running during the race."

Franchitti spent time in the Alpine/Archipelago/Motorola car at Homestead during the IRL's open-test at the facility last week and believes that the entire AGR testing program has served the team well. He is also looking forward to the chance to run both against and for, AGR's owner/driver Michael Andretti.

"The test days have flown by and I know that the team has learned a lot," he says. "I'm looking forward to competing against the other drivers in the IndyCar Series. It is going to be interesting racing on the same track as my boss but I know he wants to see me running at the front. It would be nice to give him his first win as an owner."

Veteran team manager Kyle Moyer, who has seen firsthand all of the hard work the Alpine/Archipelago/Motorola team has put in over the winter, echoes Franchitti's sentiment.

"The guys have really worked hard this winter," he says. "It seems like this is the shortest off season I can remember because we have been so busy. We have had some success in our testing program and now it is time to see if we've done enough to win some races. We certainly would like to go out and deliver Andretti Green Racing's first win. Dario has the talent to win this event and our crew is ready to try and give him everything he needs."

-AGR-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Michael Andretti , Dario Franchitti