IRL: Kansas: Dario Franchitti race report

Franchitti Scores Runner-Up Finish at Kansas Lottery Indy 300 KANSAS CITY, Kan. (April 29, 2007) -- Canadian Club driver Dario Franchitti piloted his way to a second-place finish at the Kansas Lottery Indy 300 at Kansas Speedway. Franchitti...

Franchitti Scores Runner-Up Finish at Kansas Lottery Indy 300

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (April 29, 2007) -- Canadian Club driver Dario Franchitti piloted his way to a second-place finish at the Kansas Lottery Indy 300 at Kansas Speedway. Franchitti currently stands in fourth place in the IndyCar Series championship race, 40 points behind the leader.

After Franchitti's second pit stop of the day, he was forced to return to the pits for a third stop on the very next lap, as the pits had not opened due to a caution. Despite the penalty, Franchitti remained on the lead lap in the fifth position and skillfully moved by Tomas Scheckter and Helio Castroneves back into third. Franchitti continued to fight Dan Wheldon and Scott Dixon for the win throughout the final laps of the race before Dixon received a stop-and-go penalty on lap 165, which moved Franchitti into second. Franchitti remained in second before a yellow flag came out with two laps remaining causing the race to end under caution.

This was the best finish for Franchitti since his second-place finish at Infineon Raceway in 2006. Franchitti is one of only six drivers to finish all four races of the 2007 season in the top ten.

Dan Wheldon captured the victory with Franchitti, Castroneves, Dixon and Scheckter rounding out the top five, respectively.

The 91st running of the Indianapolis 500 is next up for the IndyCar Series. Coverage of the "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" begins on Pole Day, May 12, which can be seen on both ABC and ESPN2 beginning at 12 p.m. (EDT). Live coverage of the Indianapolis 500 will be aired on ABC at 12 p.m. (EDT).

Dario Franchitti, #27 Canadian Club Dallara/Honda/Firestone:

"It was a good day. It started off very tricky on the track with high winds and the rubber from the race last night. The track was slippery in the first stint, so I was just trying to hang on to it in those first laps. As the race went on, we started making up places. We were running third and then came into the pits and I guess they were closed due to the yellow. We had to do another pit stop, which put us back a few spots. By the end of the race, the Canadian Club car was really quick. All in all, we're pretty happy. The team has definitely improved and it gives us some momentum going into Indianapolis."

John Anderson, Race Strategist, #27 Canadian Club Dallara/Honda/Firestone:

"We're very happy with the way things turned out. We had a hiccup that we dispute, but Brian Barnhart has the last say and we had to do another pit stop. Dario drove very well. He moved through the field again. There were eight cars between him and (Tomas) Scheckter in fourth. He got Scheckter for fourth and then (Helio) Castroneves for third. The Canadian Club team is very happy going into Indy."

-credit: agr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Dario Franchitti , Scott Dixon , Dan Wheldon , John Anderson , Brian Barnhart