Franchittti Fastest In Test

Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti topped the speed chart at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course during an IndyCar Series Open Test in preparation for the IndyCar Series debut at the facility on July 22.

Franchitti, who won the pole at the facility twice while racing in CART, lapped the 2.258-mile, 13-turn course in 1 minute, 7.6667 seconds, 120.130 mph in the No. 27 Canadian Club car.

"I certainly don’t think it hurt us to come here today and know what the track was like," said Franchitti. "The new surface was a worry coming into this test, because I hadn’t driven here, but it was no problem at all. It’s just smoother, good grip levels, so that was really nice. I’m glad of the experience, because we missed the whole morning because of technical problems. The day started badly but ended very well. I think the times very impressive, and I think there’s more to come."

Previous experience at the track also paid dividends for Helio Castroneves, a two-time winner at the track. Castroneves was second quick with a lap of 1:07.7671, 119.952 mph in the No. 3 Team Penske machine.

Franchitti’s Andretti Green Racing teammate, Marco Andretti, was third quick with a lap of 119.591 mph. Dreyer & Reinbold Racing’s Buddy Rice was fourth and Target Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon was fifth.

Sam Hornish Jr., Tony Kanaan, Danica Patrick, Dan Wheldon and Darren Manning completed the top 10.

Overall, 18 drivers combined to complete 978 laps. A light rain forced an end to the session approximately 20 minutes early.

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