IRL: Kansas: Dario Franchitti preview

Dario Franchitti on the Argent Mortgage Indy 300: "I enjoy racing at Kansas. Last year we started at the back, but raced to the front and finished right up there. At those types of tracks you have to have the car set up just right or ...

Dario Franchitti on the Argent Mortgage Indy 300:
"I enjoy racing at Kansas. Last year we started at the back, but raced to the front and finished right up there. At those types of tracks you have to have the car set up just right or there's not much you can do. Hopefully we (AGR) will do better than we did at Texas and will run the way we did at Homestead. We really did things right at Homestead, which is another 1.5 mile track. Plus, Kansas is a two-day race weekend and those are always a bit frantic, but I'm looking forward to it."

Dario Franchitti Facts

* The Argent Mortgage Indy 300 will mark Franchitti's 28th career IndyCar Series start.

* Franchitti recorded a season-best second-place finish at Richmond on June 25. That marked his third top-five finish of the season.

* Franchitti has led 191 laps this season to rank third among 2005 lap leaders, including leading 52 laps at Phoenix on March 19, 67 laps at Motegi on April 30, 15 laps at Indianapolis on May 29 and 56 laps at Richmond on June 25.

* Entering the Kansas event, Franchitti is fifth in the driver point standings with 187 points.

* Franchitti finished sixth at the 89th running of the Indianapolis 500 after starting in the sixth position.

* Franchitti started 21st and finished fourth at the 2004 Argent Mortgage Indy 300.

* The Scotsman recorded his first IndyCar Series MBNA Pole Award at Texas on June 10, 2004.

* Franchitti recorded two victories in 2004, both coming on 1-mile ovals at Milwaukee on July 25 and at Pikes Peak on Aug. 22.

* Franchitti has 12 major open-wheel racing victories and 12 career pole positions.

Allen McDonald, Race Engineer, #27 ArcaEx Dallara/Honda/Firestone, on the Argent Mortgage Indy 300:
"We're back to the 1.5 mile ovals where you have to find a setup that allows you to run in the draft. We've been fast everywhere we've run this season and gained a lot of momentum this past weekend at Richmond. Hopefully, we can put it all together and get Dario and the ArcaEx team a victory in Kansas."

-AGR-

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