IRL: Homestead: Dario Franchitti race report

Franchitti Drives To Fourth-Place Finish In Klein Tools/Jim Beam Car HOMESTEAD, Fla. (March 26, 2006) - Dario Franchitti, driving his first race in the ...

Franchitti Drives To Fourth-Place Finish In Klein Tools/Jim Beam Car

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (March 26, 2006) - Dario Franchitti, driving his first race in the #27 Klein Tools/Jim Beam car, finished fourth at the season-opening Homestead-Miami Indy 300 Presented by XM Satellite Radio.

Franchitti, who started in fifth place, drove a strong race and never found himself out of the top five. Franchitti's position was improved on a couple of occasions by the Klein Tools/Jim Beam crew, which aided the effort with quick pit stops, keeping Franchitti among the leaders.

As the final laps disappeared, Franchitti made a push at the leaders but was unable to find the speed necessary to overtake them at the end.

Dan Wheldon won the first event of the year. He was followed across the line by Helio Castroneves, Sam Hornish Jr., Franchitti and Scott Dixon.

The IndyCar Series returns to action next Sunday, April 2, with the second-annual Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. ESPN will provide live coverage of the event beginning at 3:30 p.m. (EDT). It can also be heard live by XM Satellite Radio subscribers on XM channel 145.

Dario Franchitti, #27 Klein Tools/Jim Beam Dallara/Honda/Firestone:

"At the end, I just had nowhere to go. I had some runs on Dan (Wheldon) but I couldn't go anywhere. It's frustrating when it gets like that. We were lucky with the cautions today and the Klein Tools/Jim Beam boys in the pits were really on it. That kept us in the hunt all day. The car was balanced all day, just not fast enough to win. But, I just really feel for Paul Dana's family. I've been through this before and it's a tragedy. It just shouldn't happen."

Allen McDonald, Race Engineer, #27 Klein Tools/Jim Beam Dallara/Honda/Firestone:

"It was a fantastic run by Dario. I think it was one of the best speedway races I've ever seen him drive. He drove with fantastic commitment and it was really exciting. Unfortunately, we didn't quite have the speed of the Penske's or Wheldon. The last two years we've come away from here with 'dnf's' and to come away with such a committed drive from Dario really bodes well for the year."

-agr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Dario Franchitti , Scott Dixon , Dan Wheldon , Paul Dana , Jim Beam , Sam Hornish Jr.