IRL: Phoenix: Franchitti Friday report

Franchitti third quick in Phoenix practice. AVONDALE, Arizona (March 21, 2003) -- Dario Franchitti and the ...

Franchitti third quick in Phoenix practice.

AVONDALE, Arizona (March 21, 2003) -- Dario Franchitti and the #27 Alpine/Archipelago/Motorola team posted the third quickest time at Phoenix International Raceway today. Franchitti's lap at 175.729 mph (20.4861 s) was the fastest in the afternoon session and third quickest for the day at the one-mile desert oval.

The Alpine/Archipelago/Motorola crew unloaded with a fast car for Franchitti, who is competing for the first time at PIR. They worked on race setup during the morning session before running a qualifying simulation in the afternoon. Pleased with the simulation and the data gathered Franchitti and the team went back to working on the car in race trim.

Kenny Brack posted the fastest speed of the day at 177.200 mph (20.3160 s) during the morning session. Scott Dixon was second quick on the day (176.074 mph, 20.4459 s) also running his fastest lap during the morning. Franchitti's technical partners Tony Kanaan and Michael Andretti posted the fourth and sixth quickest time respectively. Kanaan's fastest lap of 175.627 mph (20.4980 s)came in the morning session. Andretti also turned in his quickest lap in the morning posting a best speed of 174.667 (206106 s).

Qualifying for the Purex/Dial 200 at Phoenix International Raceway begins tomorrow at 12:00 p.m. MT. Round 2 of the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series will be broadcast on ABC and takes the green flag on Sunday, March 23rd at 3:30 p.m. ET.

Dario Franchitti , Alpine/Archipelago/Motorola:
"We had a pretty good car here this morning. It was nice to be able to go out and do a semi-qualifying type of simulation this afternoon to show what we're capable of. I'm sure that the track is going to change a lot by the time we qualify tomorrow. We also still have to work on our race setup. It's a long race here on Sunday and that's our big battle right now. We tested here in December and again at Test in the West in February, and both were valuable to us. Obviously its a bit warmer here now than it was then, so besides getting a suntan we've got to work with the Alpine/Archipelago/Motorola car a bit more. "

Kyle Moyer , Team Manager, Alpine/Archipelago/Motorola
"Today is a lot better than our first day in Homestead. We unloaded with a really good car and now we are just fine-tuning it to make it better. We are trying some new things that we haven't had a chance to test but all in all I think we have a pretty good car."


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Series IndyCar
Drivers Michael Andretti , Dario Franchitti , Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Kenny Brack