IRL: Texas: AGR, Dario Franchitti Friday report

FT. WORTH, Texas (June 11, 2004) - ArcaEx driver Dario Franchitti accomplished all he could during Thursday night's qualifying session at Texas Motor Speedway and is hoping to parlay that into his first Indy Racing League® IndyCar® Series win ...

FT. WORTH, Texas (June 11, 2004) - ArcaEx driver Dario Franchitti accomplished all he could during Thursday night's qualifying session at Texas Motor Speedway and is hoping to parlay that into his first Indy Racing League® IndyCar® Series win tomorrow night.

Franchitti, who will lead the field to the green in the #27 ArcaEx Honda- powered Dallara, attempted to find the right race setup Friday during a pair of practice sessions in advance of the Bombardier 500 on the 1.5-mile high-banked oval. In all, Franchitti turned 37 practice laps in the final session and recorded a top speed of 208.903 miles per hour, which ranked him 11th overall.

The final session was led by Sam Hornish Jr., who charted a speed of 211.331 miles per hour. He was followed by XM Satellite Radio driver Bryan Herta at 210.317 miles per hour and Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan at 210.209.

Tomorrow night's 200-lap race is slated to go green just after 8 p.m. (EDT) and airs live on ESPN.

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

"You can never be 100 percent ready for a race, but we tried to get ourselves as prepared as possible for a good run in the ArcaEx car. It's great to be able to start from the pole, but we need to be able to go the distance tomorrow night. I think we still have a little bit of work to do tonight to make the car really good, so we'll see what happens on Saturday."

Kyle Moyer, General Manager, Andretti Green Racing:

"I don't know if anybody really knows what anybody else has right now, but I think all four of our cars, including the ArcaEx car, are okay. The bottom line here is that you'll probably be able to throw a blanket over a big pack of cars at the front tomorrow night anyway, so we'll just try to be where we need to be and see what shakes out at the end."

-AGR-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Dario Franchitti , Tony Kanaan , Bryan Herta , Sam Hornish Jr.