Franchitti Scores Top-10 In First of Three Stock Car Races Slated For Daytona

Franchitti Scores Top-10 In First of Three Stock Car Races Slated For Daytona

February 11, 2008

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 9, 2008)-Dario Franchitti qualified ninth and finished 10th in his second career ARCA start Saturday night at Daytona International Speedway in the No.40 Ingersoll-Rand Dodge Charger. The result marked a career best stock car finish for the rookie as he bettered a 17th place result at Texas Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Nationwide Series last season.

The 80-lap ARCA event got off to a slow start with cautions littering the first 30 laps until a red flag halted the action on Lap 32 for a multi-car accident. When racing resumed Franchitti was 23rd and making up ground after a Lap 24 pit stop exit caused damage to the right front fender.

Another multi-car incident took place on Lap 55 while the No.40 machine ran 10th, and Franchitti managed to hang on to that position until the checkered flag.

Next up on Franchitti’s Speed Weeks schedule is the NASCAR Nationwide Series Camping World 300 (LIVE, 12:00 PM ET) Saturday, February 16th on ESPN2, where he will be behind the wheel of the No.40 Fastenal Dodge Charger.

About Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates

With 13 wins in 2007, CGRFS continues to add to its tally of 90 trips to victory lane. Chip Ganassi created his own one-car IndyCar team in 1990 and established a partnership with a new sponsor, Target. Today, his teams include two IRL IndyCars, one Indy Pro Series car and along with Felix Sabates he has three cars in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, two entries in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and a Daytona Prototype in the world of Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series racing. Ganassi’s IndyCar teams have amassed five Championships and 56 wins since 1994; his NASCAR teams have 12 wins and two Rookie-of-the-Year titles; and the Grand American team has won two Rolex Series Daytona Prototype Championships and are the three-time defending Champions of the Rolex 24 At Daytona. Chip Ganassi Racing operates out of state-of-the-art race shop facilities in Indianapolis, Ind., and Concord, N.C., with a corporate office in Pittsburgh, Pa.

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