IRL: Homestead: Dario Franchitti qualifying report

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (Feb. 28, 2004) - ArcaEx driver Dario Franchitti will open the 2004 Indy Racing League® IndyCar® Series season tomorrow from the outside of the second row after qualifying fourth today at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Franchitti,...

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (Feb. 28, 2004) - ArcaEx driver Dario Franchitti will open the 2004 Indy Racing League® IndyCar® Series season tomorrow from the outside of the second row after qualifying fourth today at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Franchitti, who will be making his first IndyCar Series start since June 15, 2003, turned a lap of 216.599 miles per hour, which was the fastest lap he has turned this weekend. The driver of the ArcaEx Honda-powered Dallara is looking to improve on the third-place finish he posted at Homestead in 1999, which stands as his best finish on the 1.5-mile oval.

Franchitti's three other Andretti Green Racing teammates will start further back in the pack on Sunday. Bryan Herta is set to roll off from the fifth position, Tony Kanaan will start eighth and Dan Wheldon 14th.

Buddy Rice, who is filling in for the injured Kenny Brack, won the pole in a Team Rahal entry.

The green flag is set to fly tomorrow just after 2 p.m. (EST). The 300-mile season opener will be televised live on ESPN.

Dario Franchitti, #27 ArcaEx Dallara/Honda/Firestone:

"It was a good feeling sitting our there and waiting to qualify. That was as fast as the ArcaEx car could go. We were very close, but not good enough. I think the car will be good in the race. I've been working hard this past year to get to 100 percent fitness to get back in the car and go back to racing because this is what it is all about. I'm very excited about the race tomorrow."

Kyle Moyer, General Manager, Andretti Green Racing:

"Things look pretty good. We came here to race and we qualified pretty well so I'll take that. It is good to see Dario back in the ArcaEx car and running where he should be. I think our race car is better than our qualifying car, so tomorrow is what we are really looking forward to."

-AGR-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Dario Franchitti , Tony Kanaan , Bryan Herta , Kenny Brack , Dan Wheldon , Buddy Rice