Franchitti Brings ArcaEx Car Home Sixth At Indianapolis 500 SPEEDWAY, Ind. (May 29, 2005) - ArcaEx driver Dario Franchitti had a strong car for a majority of the 89th running of the Indianapolis 500, but a loss of momentum...
Franchitti Brings ArcaEx Car Home Sixth At Indianapolis 500
SPEEDWAY, Ind. (May 29, 2005) - ArcaEx driver Dario Franchitti had a strong car for a majority of the 89th running of the Indianapolis 500, but a loss of momentum -- the result of his having to avoid another car late in the race -- shuffled Franchitti back in the field and resulted in an eventual sixth-place finish.
Franchitti started the event from sixth place and as he has done so often this year, wasted little time in piloting the ArcaEx car to the front of the field. In second place by lap 10, the Scotsman was rarely out of the top four throughout the first 170 laps. But valuable momentum was lost when Franchitti had to get out of the throttle to avoid the car of Sebastian Bourdais as the Frenchman cut across the nose of the #27 machine, resulting in Franchitti losing several positions. With the balance of the ArcaEx machine slightly altered in the turbulent air, Franchitti managed to gain back several of those positions by the end of the race.
Klein Tools/Jim Beam teammate Dan Wheldon earned the victory, his fourth of the 2005 season, with Vitor Meira second, XM Satellite Radio teammate Bryan Herta third, Danica Patrick fourth and Buddy Lazier coming home fifth.
Through five events, Franchitti is tied for seventh along with Helio Castroneves in the driver point standings, each with 123 points.
Next up for Franchitti and the rest of the IndyCar Series teams is the Bombardier Learjet 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday, June 11. The event will be televised live by ESPN, beginning at 8:30 p.m. (EDT).
Dario Franchitti (#27 ArcaEx Dallara/Honda/Firestone):
"I'm disappointed. The ArcaEx car was looking quite good before the last restart when Bourdais drove me into the wall. I'm not quite sure what he was doing, but I guess he paid the price in the end. We didn't have enough right at the end. Some guys took track position and we got caught in the turbulence and couldn't make our way through it, but Dan (Wheldon) could. I think Dan did a very good job today and he deserved this one."
Kyle Moyer, General Manager, Andretti Green Racing:
"The ArcaEx car was very strong today, but we just shuffled back because of some other cars. We had a really great car as long as we stayed up front, but when push came to shove we just didn't have it today."