Franchitti to Race at The Glen
CGRFS announced Wednesday Dario Franchitti will race for the organization in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) with his next run scheduled to take place this weekend at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International behind the wheel of the No. 40 Fastenal Dodge. In addition to Watkins Glen, Franchitti is scheduled to run NNS races at Michigan International Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Richmond International Raceway, Kansas Speedway, Lowe’s Motor Speedway, and Phoenix International Raceway. Bryan Clauson and the team of CGRFS drivers will complete the balance of the 2008 schedule.
Franchitti commented, “I’m really looking forward to going to The Glen for my first Nationwide race there, as it’s a track I have always enjoyed. The No. 40 Fastenal Dodge has been quick all year and as a team we’re really looking forward to continued success throughout the rest of the season. I have confidence in Brad Parrott and the boys that we can get it done at Watkins Glen, particularly after a very productive and enjoyable test at Road Atlanta last
To date, Franchitti has 26 career NASCAR starts across all three series, 15 of those in NNS competition. His career best sixth-place NNS finish came earlier this season at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and his best start is third, which he earned at Memphis Motorsports Park last October 2007. Franchitti came to CGRFS after winning the 2007 Indianapolis 500 and Indy Racing League Championship. In four full seasons in the IRL, Franchitti made 63 starts with eight wins, 30 top fives and 46 top 10s.
Franchitti at The Glen: This will be Franchitti’s first NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) start at Watkins Glen International. However, he has three consecutive IndyCar starts at the track, which were in 2005, 2006 and 2007. Franchitti scored his best start and finish in last season’s event, qualifying third and finishing third.
Pruett on the Pole: Scott Pruett began his weekend at Montreal strong, putting up the fastest practice run, and then qualifying the car on the pole. He went on to lead 13 of the 48 rain-shortened laps. Unfortunately, impaired visibility from the driver’s seat caused by rain conditions pushed the team back in the field. Ultimately, they ended their day in 22nd place.
Fastenal No. 40 at Road Courses: Fastenal has two starts at road courses in their first season as sponsor of the No. 40 Dodge in the Nationwide Series. Earlier this season, Pruett raced to a third-place finish at Mexico City after beginning the day on the outside pole. Last week at Montreal, he put the Fastenal Dodge on the pole, and then a malfunctioning windshield wiper in heavy rain sidetracked his potential strong run and placed him 22nd after struggling in the inclement weather.
Calinoff’s Home Track: The spotter for the No. 40 Fastenal Dodge, Mike Calinoff, hails from New York State. His hometown of Smithtown is about 300 miles to the Southeast of Watkins Glen.
Fastenal Racing Internship at CGRFS: This year, CGRFS is proud to partner with Fastenal to offer an internship to two automotive trade students. Participants in the program will get to spend one week at the CGRFS facility in Concord, N.C., learning what it takes to prepare a car for race day. They will also be flown to Texas Motor Speedway to support the team at track. The opportunity is available to graduates, or soon-to-be graduates of an automotive trade program. For more information on eligibility and application deadline visit Fastenal.com.
Check out the Parrott Perspective: Franchitti’s NNS Crew Chief Brad Parrott is keeping fans up to date on what is going on in the world of the Fastenal Racing Team through an online blog he is keeping throughout the 2008 NNS season. Check out the Parrott Perspective at www.fastenalracing.com.