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Mechanical Failure, Crash Ends Franchitti's Day at Texas 500 FORT WORTH, Texas (Oct. 17, 2004) - ArcaEx driver Dario Franchitti recorded a 15th-place finish after suffering a mechanical failure and crash Sunday afternoon at the Indy Racing ...

Mechanical Failure, Crash Ends Franchitti's Day at Texas 500

FORT WORTH, Texas (Oct. 17, 2004) - ArcaEx driver Dario Franchitti recorded a 15th-place finish after suffering a mechanical failure and crash Sunday afternoon at the Indy Racing League® IndyCar® Series Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.

Franchitti started the event from 19th place, the result of his using the ArcaEx backup car after being involved in a single-car incident caused by a broken wheel during practice on Saturday. Nonetheless, Franchitti piloted the #27 ArcaEx Honda-powered Dallara into the top 10 by lap 30 before being shuffled back into the field around the race's midway point. Misfortune struck on lap 184 in the form of a broken wheel, the same malady which led to his Saturday incident, sending him into the Turn 4 wall and bringing an end to his day. The incident also collected the machine driven by Alex Barron.

Helio Castroneves earned the victory, while Team 7-Eleven teammate and 2004 IndyCar Series champion Tony Kanaan placed second. Klein Tools/Jim Beam driver Dan Wheldon was third, followed by Vitor Meira and Adrian Fernandez.

Franchitti concludes the season sixth in the point standings with 409, 36 points shy of fifth-place Adrian Fernandez.

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

"It looks like we had exactly the same mechanical failure on the back of the car as yesterday. The first thing is that I hope Alex (Barron) is okay. I'm just completely upset that the same thing has happened twice this weekend; two mechanical failures resulting in my ending up in the wall twice. I'm not happy about that at all."

Kyle Moyer, General Manager, Andretti Green Racing:

"This wasn't one of our more stellar races. The ArcaEx car was running okay and we were trying to get to the front, which was very difficult. We got pushed up the track a bit and that put us to the back again. We were just working our way towards the front, there wasn't much race left and the same thing that happened in practice happened again today - we broke a wheel. It is a nice accomplishment that as a team, Andretti Green earned second in the championship today with Dan and the biggest thing was Tony completing every single lap of the season."

-agr-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Adrian Fernandez , Dario Franchitti , Tony Kanaan , Alex Barron , Dan Wheldon , Vitor Meira