FRANCHITTI RACES TO EIGHTH-PLACE FINISH AT INFINEON RACEWAY SONOMA, Calif. (Aug. 28, 2005) - ArcaEx driver Dario Franchitti drove from deep in the field to an eighth-place finish in Sunday's running of the Indy Racing LeagueÂ® IndyCarÂ® Series...
FRANCHITTI RACES TO EIGHTH-PLACE FINISH AT INFINEON RACEWAY
SONOMA, Calif. (Aug. 28, 2005) - ArcaEx driver Dario Franchitti drove from deep in the field to an eighth-place finish in Sunday's running of the Indy Racing League® IndyCar® Series Argent Mortgage Indy Grand Prix at Infineon Raceway.
Forced to start the event from 21st position due to a spin during his qualifying attempt, Franchitti steered clear of the numerous spins and incidents that plagued many of his competitors. While the tight, twisty Infineon circuit didn't allow for many passing opportunities, Franchitti managed to move his way through the field to his eventual eighth-place finish.
Tony Kanaan earned his second victory of the season with Buddy Rice second, Alex Barron third, Patrick Carpentier in fourth and Tomas Enge fifth.
Franchitti stands fourth in the driver points standings with 395 points through 14 events, 122 points shy of leader Dan Wheldon and 26 points out of third place.
Next up for Franchitti and the rest of the IndyCar Series teams is the Chicagoland Indy 300 at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday, Sept. 11. The event will be televised live by ABC, beginning at 1:30 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:
"There were two things that hurt us today: the starting position plus we didn't really have that good of a car. The warm up yesterday threw us off because the cars changed from Friday's practice. The car was completely different in the warm up and we made some changes, but the car went back to Friday's conditions. We had some pretty horrendous understeer. I made up a lot of places on the first lap, but after that I really couldn't make any headway. You just can't pass here, no matter how much slower the guy in front of you is, you just can't pass."
Kyle Moyer, General Manager, Andretti Green Racing:
"Today, we did what a lot of guys out there didn't; we kept our nose clean. The yellows just didn't fall our way. By starting in the back, we needed some help but nothing came our way. It was a great win for Tony, though. He drove a great race."