IRL: Milwaukee: Dario Franchitti preview

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Who: #27 ArcaEx Dallara/Honda/Firestone driver Dario Franchitti
What: ABC Supply Co./A.J. Foyt 225, Round 10 of the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series
Where: The Milwaukee Mile, West Allis, Wis.
When: Sunday, July 24, 2005
Television: ESPN, 2:30 p.m. (EDT)

Dario Franchitti on the ABC Supply Co./A.J. Foyt 225: "I'm looking forward to racing at Milwaukee this weekend. It's nice to return to a track as the defending champion, plus, the ArcaEx team has really performed well over the past five events and we finally reached victory lane last week in Nashville. The Milwaukee Mile is a challenging course that produces great racing. It's fast for a 1-mile oval and has just enough bumps to get your attention."

Dario Franchitti Facts -- The ABC Supply Co./A.J. Foyt 225 will mark Franchitti's 30th career IndyCar Series start. Franchitti has five top-five and seven top-10 finishes this season. His best performances have been a victory at Nashville (July 16), second at Richmond (June 25) and a third at St. Petersburg (April 3). Franchitti is riding a string of three consecutive top-five finishes, including a victory at Nashville (July 16), fourth at Kansas (July 3) and second at Richmond (June 25). Franchitti has led 268 laps this season to rank third among 2005 lap leaders, including leading 74 laps at Nashville (July 16), 56 laps at Richmond (June 25), 67 laps at Motegi (April 30) and 52 laps at Phoenix (March 19).

Entering the Milwaukee event, Franchitti is third in the driver point standings with 269 points. Franchitti finished sixth at the 89th running of the Indianapolis 500 after starting in the sixth position. The Scotsman recorded his first IndyCar Series MBNA Pole Award at Texas (June 10, 2004). Each of Franchitti's three IndyCar Series victories have come on tracks of 1.33 miles or smaller, including the 1-mile ovals at Milwaukee (2004) and Pikes Peak (2004) and the 1.33-mile Nashville track (2005). Franchitti has 14 major open-wheel racing victories and 12 career pole positions.

Allen McDonald, Race Engineer, #27 ArcaEx Dallara/Honda/Firestone, on the ABC Supply Co./A.J. Foyt 225: "We hit the right setup at Milwaukee last year which resulted in our first IndyCar Series win and Dario has generally been very strong on the short ovals. The ArcaEx team has recorded three consecutive top-five finishes, so we're excited about going to Milwaukee after our victory last week at Nashville."


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Series IndyCar
Drivers Dario Franchitti , A.J. Foyt