IRL: Nashville: Dario Franchitti race report

FRANCHITTI TASTES VICTORY AT NASHVILLE SUPERSPEEDWAY LEBANON, Tenn. (July 16, 2005) - ArcaEx driver Dario Franchitti passed Patrick Carpentier on lap 194 and went on to earn the victory in Saturday night's running of the Indy Racing League...

FRANCHITTI TASTES VICTORY AT NASHVILLE SUPERSPEEDWAY

LEBANON, Tenn. (July 16, 2005) - ArcaEx driver Dario Franchitti passed Patrick Carpentier on lap 194 and went on to earn the victory in Saturday night's running of the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series Firestone Indy 200 at Nashville Superspeedway.

Franchitti started the event from fourth place and immediately moved forward, passing Tomas Scheckter for the lead on the fourth lap and maintaining the front spot until making a pit stop on lap 32. The Scotsman then settled into a pace which saw him run second to teammate Tony Kanaan over the next 69 laps. Kanaan's retirement on lap 116 gave the lead to Franchitti, and he proved to have the dominant car for much of the remainder of the event. He briefly dropped to third following a pit stop on lap 162, moved to second on lap 174 and re-took the lead for good on lap 194.

Trailing Franchitti to the line were Sam Hornish Jr. in second, Carpentier in third, Scott Sharp fourth and Helio Castroneves in fifth.

The victory is Franchitti's third IndyCar Series win and elevates him to third in the driver points standings with 269, just five points shy of second place Kanaan.

Next up for Franchitti and the rest of the IndyCar Series teams is the ABC Supply Co./A.J. Foyt Indy 225 at The Milwaukee Mile on Sunday, July 24. The event will be televised live by ESPN, beginning at 2:30 p.m. (EDT). It can also be heard live by XM Satellite Radio subscribers by tuning into Extreme XM, channel 152.

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

"The ArcaEx car was fast all day. It just seemed to be one thing or another; we got behind some people and had some close moments. But there was plenty of great racing with Tony (Kanaan), with Pat (Carpentier), with Danica (Patrick). I'm just glad to finally get the ArcaEx car into victory lane. We've been fast all year but for one reason or another couldn't get into victory lane. Tonight things went our way."

Kyle Moyer, General Manager, Andretti Green Racing:

"It was a typical 'Franchitti' race. We had to fight and fight and fight to win. We fought the weather, we fought someone else's pit strategy, fought through some bad luck for our teammates, but still got the win. We had the best car and won with it. Hopefully, this will get the ball rolling for the ArcaEx team."

-agr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Scott Sharp , Helio Castroneves , Patrick Carpentier , Dario Franchitti , Tony Kanaan , A.J. Foyt , Sam Hornish Jr.