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Franchitti Drives ArcaEx Car To Fifth-Quickest Speed During Practice Session At The Milwaukee Mile WEST ALLIS, Wis. (July 23, 2004) - Dario Franchitti placed the ...

Franchitti Drives ArcaEx Car To Fifth-Quickest Speed During Practice Session At The Milwaukee Mile

WEST ALLIS, Wis. (July 23, 2004) - Dario Franchitti placed the #27 ArcaEx car among the top five during today's practice sessions at The Milwaukee Mile as drivers and teams began preparation for Sunday afternoon's running of the Indy Racing League® IndyCar® Series Menards A.J. Foyt Indy 225.

Franchitti was among several IndyCar Series drivers to have tested at the nation's oldest active race track on June 16th. Across the board, that test session proved challenging for the four-car Andretti Green Racing team, which leads the series with five wins in the first eight races. But, Franchitti showed that progress had been made as he recorded a fast speed of 165.015 miles per hour (22.1435 seconds) in the #27 ArcaEx Honda-powered Dallara. He posted his best lap during the afternoon session, having turned a combined total of 65 practice laps during the day's two practice sessions.

Helio Castroneves topped the chart with a speed of 165.015 miles per hour (21.9922 seconds). He was followed by Scott Dixon at 165.799 miles per hour (22.0388 seconds) while teammates Vitor Meira (165.270 miles per hour, 22.1093 seconds) and Buddy Rice (165.241 miles per hour, 22.1132 seconds) were third and fourth, respectively.

Practice for Sunday's race continues Saturday morning, followed by qualifying at 2 p.m. (EDT).

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

"It wasn't a bad day. We struggled a little bit this morning, but were certainly better than when we tested here, and we made some more progress this afternoon. The ArcaEx car still has a little way to go, but overall, I'm happy with the day."

Allen McDonald, Race Engineer, #27 ArcaEx Dallara/Honda/Firestone:

"We made really good progress from the open test to how we started this morning, then continued to progress throughout the day. It's a credit to all the hard work of the ArcaEx team, as well as all of Andretti Green Racing. It's very encouraging. Hopefully, we can continue the improvement and go even better tomorrow."

-AGR-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Dario Franchitti , Scott Dixon , Buddy Rice , A.J. Foyt , Vitor Meira