FORT WORTH, Texas (June 11, 2005) - ArcaEx driver Dario Franchitti battled to an eighth-place finish during Saturday night's running of the Indy Racing LeagueÂ® IndyCarÂ® Series Bombardier Learjet 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Franchitti started...
FORT WORTH, Texas (June 11, 2005) - ArcaEx driver Dario Franchitti battled to an eighth-place finish during Saturday night's running of the Indy Racing League® IndyCar® Series Bombardier Learjet 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.
Franchitti started the event from sixth place and maintained his position among the race leaders through the first 125 laps of the event. However, the event was relatively caution-free over the final 80 laps and the ArcaEx team elected to take full-fuel loads during their final two pit stops, both of which occurred under green flag conditions. As a result, the car fell back into the second pack of competitors and Franchitti simply didn't have enough laps to gain ground on the frontrunners.
Tomas Scheckter earned the victory with Sam Hornish Jr. second and teammate Tony Kanaan third. Scott Sharp placed fourth and Helio Castroneves finished fifth.
Through six events, Franchitti has 147 points, residing eighth in the driver point standings, but is just 11 points shy of fifth place.
Next up for Franchitti and the rest of the IndyCar Series teams is the SunTrust Indy Challenge at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday, May 29. The event will be televised live by ESPN2 beginning at 7:30 p.m. (EDT). It can also be heard live by XM Satellite Radio subscribers on Extreme XM, channel 152.
Dario Franchitti, #27 ArcaEx Dallara/Honda/Firestone:
"I think we made a mistake in strategy that lost us the pack and after that, we couldn't catch up. Dan (Wheldon) and I were in the same boat, I think, and we just kind of ran around there trying to catch up. Once we lost the pack and there were no more yellows, that was it. I would have to say that I was expecting the race to be a lot worse in terms of driving standards. I think everybody finally did a decent job today, which is great, because the warm-up was a joke. Tonight was a great crowd - a really big crowd and very enthusiastic about the whole thing. We'll head off to Richmond and try to get the ArcaEx car up front."
Kyle Moyer, General Manager, Andretti Green Racing:
"We should have tried a different strategy there at the end, but we didn't. We should have 'short-filled' (the fuel tank) on the ArcaEx car on both of our last two stops to get track position and we only short-filled on our last one. That's what Tony (Kanaan) did and he did a good job with it."