IRL: Nazareth: AGR, Dario Franchitti preview

Dario Franchitti on the Firestone Indy 225: "The ArcaEx team has been successful on the last two one-mile ovals we've raced, but Nazareth is a completely different type of race track as the three turns have nothing in common with each other.

Dario Franchitti on the Firestone Indy 225:

"The ArcaEx team has been successful on the last two one-mile ovals we've raced, but Nazareth is a completely different type of race track as the three turns have nothing in common with each other. It's a much narrower track and it requires a different approach from both the car and the driver. Everything seems to come at you a bit quicker at Nazareth; it's a quick lap. When you come barreling down to Turn 3, you just have a small lift to get through there. It opens your eyes, let's put it that way."

Dario Franchitti Facts
*Nazareth will mark Franchitti's 17th career IndyCar Series start.
*Franchitti has five previous appearances at Nazareth Speedway.
*Franchitti earned his second IRL IndyCar Series victory of the season at Pikes Peak on August 22.
*Franchitti earned his first IndyCar Series victory at Milwaukee on July 25.
*Franchitti's win at Pikes Peak was the third oval-track win of his career.
*Both of Franchitti's victories this season have come on one-mile ovals.
*Franchitti has dominated the two races which he's won this season, leading 111 of 225 laps at Milwaukee, and 128 of 225 laps at Pikes Peak.
*Franchitti's winning effort at Pikes Peak marked the third IndyCar Series victory by the ArcaEx team, as they also won at Kansas in July, 2003, with driver Bryan Herta at the wheel.
*Franchitti has recorded four top-five finishes this season (Pikes Peak - 1st, Milwaukee - 1st, Texas - 2nd, Kansas - 4th).
*Franchitti earned his first MBNA Pole Award when he qualified on pole position at Texas.
*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 225:

"We've had a couple of good performances at one-mile tracks, so we're looking forward to going to Nazareth. We had a reasonable test there and know what we need to do to come back and be fast."

Andretti Green Racing Team Facts
*Andretti Green Racing entries have won seven of 12 IndyCar Series events this season.
*AGR has led 1,538 of 2,480 total laps run in 2004 (62.0 percent).
*Andretti Green drivers have led the IndyCar Series point standings for 11 consecutive events in 2004, dating to Phoenix (March 21).
*Andretti Green Racing drivers occupy the top three spots among IndyCar Series lap leaders [Kanaan - 813 (1st), Franchitti - 347 (2nd), Wheldon - 318 (3rd)].
*AGR entries have been present on the front row of the IndyCar Series grid at nine of 12 events this season.
*Andretti Green Racing has had at least one car in the top five in 18 consecutive IndyCar Series events dating back to Aug. 10, 2003, which stands as the longest active streak in the series.
*AGR has placed two cars in the top five of an event 17 times, including 10 of the past 11 events this season.
*Andretti Green Racing won all three night events on the 2004 IndyCar Series schedule (Tony Kanaan - Texas, Nashville; Dan Wheldon - Richmond).
*AGR has won every IndyCar Series event thus far in 2004 held at tracks shorter than 1.5 miles in length (Kanaan - Phoenix, Nashville; Wheldon - Richmond; Franchitti - Milwaukee, Pikes Peak).
*Andretti Green drivers occupy two of the top three spots in the IndyCarSeries point standings [Kanaan - 463 (1st), Wheldon - 381 (3rd)].
*Andretti Green won both the pole (Wheldon, March 20; Wheldon, April 16; Franchitti, June 10; Kanaan, August 21) and race (Kanaan, March 21; Wheldon, April 17; Kanaan, June 12; Franchitti, August 22) at Phoenix, Twin Ring Motegi, Texas and Pikes Peak.
*All four Andretti Green entries have finished in the top 10 on three occasions this season (Kansas, Kentucky and Pikes Peak). When they did so at the Kansas event, it marked the first time since Sept. 15, 1996 (Las Vegas) that an IRL IndyCar Series team has accomplished that feat.
*Andretti Green Racing has nine wins and eight poles since joining the IndyCar Series in 2003.
*AGR entries have combined for 48 top-five finishes in 28 career IndyCar Series races.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Dario Franchitti , Tony Kanaan , Bryan Herta , Dan Wheldon