IRL: St. Pete: AGR, Dario Franchitti preview

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#27 ArcaEx Dallara/Honda/Firestone driver Dario Franchitti

Dario Franchitti on the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg:

"I've been looking forward to our first street circuit event for a long time. It should be an exciting event for the fans and a really unique atmosphere for racing. The ArcaEx team, and Andretti Green Racing as a whole, performed very well during our preseason road course testing. I was a bit disappointed with our fourth-place finish at Phoenix because we definitely had the car to beat, but it does give us good momentum as we head into St. Petersburg."

Dario Franchitti Facts

St. Petersburg will mark Franchitti's 23rd career IndyCar Series start.

The Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, a 1.8-mile, 14-turn street circuit, will be the first non-oval race in the history of the IRL IndyCar Series.

At the most recent IndyCar Series event, the XM Satellite Radio Indy 200 at Phoenix International Raceway, Franchitti led 52 laps en route to a fourth-place finish.

Franchitti has earned top-five starting positions for each of the first two IndyCar Series events in 2005.

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 recorded five top-five finishes in 2004 (Pikes Peak - first, Milwaukee - first, Texas - second, Nazareth - third, Kansas - fourth).

Franchitti has 12 major open-wheel racing victories and 12 career pole positions.

Allen McDonald, Race Engineer, #27 ArcaEx Dallara/Honda/Firestone, on the on the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg:

"The ArcaEx team had a very solid showing at Phoenix, but we were disappointed not to have won the race. Dario's past history has been very strong on road and street circuits and he tested very well on the road course at the IRL Open Test. We are certainly looking forward to a strong performance at St. Petersburg."

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