IRL: Kansas: AGR, Franchitti qualifying report

Franchitti Qualifies ArcaEx Car Ninth For Kansas Event; Will Start From Back Of Field After Precautionary Move KANSAS CITY, Kansas (July 3, 2004) - ArcaEx driver Dario Franchitti recorded a lap of 208.646 miles per hour in qualifying this...

Franchitti Qualifies ArcaEx Car Ninth For Kansas Event; Will Start From Back Of Field After Precautionary Move

KANSAS CITY, Kansas (July 3, 2004) - ArcaEx driver Dario Franchitti recorded a lap of 208.646 miles per hour in qualifying this afternoon at Kansas Speedway, earning him the ninth starting position for Sunday afternoon's running of the Argent Mortgage Kansas Indy 300.

However, the team made a precautionary engine change following the qualifying session which, by IRL IndyCar Series rules, moves Franchitti to the back of the 21-car starting field. The #27 ArcaEx Dallara/Honda/Firestone had been among the fastest group of cars during the two morning practice sessions, but had a slight drop in speed during the qualifying run, which led to the decision.

Honda-powered machines took the top three positions for Sunday's event as Buddy Rice won the pole with a speed of 210.141 miles per hour, Kanaan was second (209.681) and Vitor Meira (209.342) earned the third starting spot.

The Argent Mortgage Kansas Indy 300, round seven of the 2004 IRL IndyCar Series, is set to begin at 12:45 p.m. (EDT) Sunday. ABC Sports will air the 200-lap event live with coverage beginning at 12:30 p.m. (EDT).

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

"We were more than a mile an hour shy of the pole and we don't know why, so that's frustrating. As a team, we try to do what we can to help our teammates, but we also have to do what we can to make our own car as fast as possible. I do think we have a strong race car. It felt good during this morning's practice sessions and we'll continue to work on it tomorrow."

Kyle Moyer, General Manager, Andretti Green Racing:

"The ArcaEx car ran pretty good this morning and ran good this afternoon. The only shame is that we're going to change motors; it's a precautionary motor change, just to be on the safe side. We saw something we weren't comfortable with, so now we're going to have to start last. Starting in the back means Dario has his work cut out for him, but Dan (Wheldon) showed last week you can win from back there."

-agr-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Dario Franchitti , Buddy Rice , Vitor Meira