IRL: Nashville: Dario Franchitti preview

Dario Franchitti on the Firestone Indy 200: "It's always exciting to race at Nashville Superspeedway because this is what I consider to be my 'home' track. I will have a large number of family and friends in the stands so it really makes me want...

Dario Franchitti on the Firestone Indy 200: "It's always exciting to race at Nashville Superspeedway because this is what I consider to be my 'home' track. I will have a large number of family and friends in the stands so it really makes me want to do well there. The track is a difficult one to master because it is slightly bumpy as well as being the only venue we race at which has a concrete surface. The track has a decent amount of grip but doesn't give much warning when you've reached the limit, and when it lets go it can be very sudden."

Dario Franchitti Facts -- The Firestone Indy 200 will mark Franchitti's 29th career IndyCar Series start. Franchitti recorded a season-best second-place finish at Richmond on June 25. He followed with a fourth-place finish at Kansas, giving him four top-five finishes this season. Franchitti has led 194 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 Nashville event, Franchitti is fourth in the driver point standings with 219 points. Franchitti finished sixth at the 89th running of the Indianapolis 500 after starting in the sixth position. Franchitti recorded consecutive top-five finishes by placing second at Richmond and fourth at Kansas. 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 Firestone Indy 200: "Nashville is very bumpy and the concrete doesn't give a lot of grip, especially off line. It's more like a short oval in that grip is more important than pure speed. It's a unique track in that it has very high vertical loading due to the combination of a fairly high banking and small corner radius. That vertical load puts some limitations on our setup and keeps you from running a pure "high grip" setting."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Dario Franchitti