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2009-07-12 16:37:07

Dario Franchitti won Sunday's IRL Honda Indy Toronto auto race after avoiding a series of late-race crashes. He captured the race on the streets of the Ontario capital despite a problem with his left-rear tire during his first stop. Later, the Chip Ganassi Racing driver would benefit when Graham Rahal was involved in an incident just when Franchitti entered pit road before a caution flag. I guess we timed it right with strategy, Franchitti, the 2007 series champion, said following his third...

2009-06-27 23:34:20

Sam Dixon equaled an IRL record Saturday by winning the SunTrust Indy Challenge at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway. It was Dixon's 19th IndyCar victory, tying him with Sam Hornish Jr. The defending IRL champion capitalized on a pit stop midway through the race, and then beat teammate Dario Franchitti, the pole winner, to the finish line, giving Chip Ganassi Racing a 1-2 finish after they benefited from a late-race caution. Dixon, Franchitti and Graham Rahal had yet to stop on pit road...

2009-06-26 20:50:29

Dario Franchitti, winner of last Sunday's IndyCar race in Iowa, grabbed the pole Friday for the SunTrust Indy Challenge at Richmond International Raceway. Franchitti produced a four-lap average of 167.315 miles per hour around the .75-mile oval. He was three-tenths of a second quicker than teammate Scott Dixon, who will start on the outside of the front row in Saturday's race. It was the second pole of the season for Franchitti and the eighth of his IndyCar career. Dixon's starting position...

2009-06-21 17:10:34

Dario Franchitti took advantage of a lengthy late pit stop by Ryan Briscoe to grab the lead and hang on to win the Iowa Corn Indy 250 Sunday. Briscoe needed 7.1 seconds to clear the final rounds of pit stops, which enabled Franchitti to jump into the lead and beat Briscoe, who finished second 5.0132 seconds later. It was Franchitti's second victory of the season. Hideki Mutoh finished third followed by Dan Wheldon, who won the Iowa race last year. Danica Patrick, who led for 24 laps, wound up...

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2009-06-05 20:05:00

Dario Franchitti turned in a four-lap average of 214.513 mph Friday to win the pole for the Indy Racing League's Bombardier Learjet 550. Franchitti, back in the IRL after his NASCAR Sprint Cup team ceased operations last autumn, won his first pole since the 2007 season finale at Chicagoland Speedway. His qualifying effort at Texas Motor Speedway allowed him to edge Ryan Briscoe by .045 of a second. Scott Dixon was third. Helio Castroneves, winner of the Indianapolis 500 last month, qualified...

2009-05-31 18:39:02

Scott Dixon took the lead on the 201st lap and went on to win Sunday's ABC Supply/A.J. Foyt 225 at the Milwaukee Mile by 2.12 seconds over Ryan Briscoe. Dixon passed Briscoe in the backstretch of Lap 201 and held on for the victory. Dario Franchitti finished third, followed by Graham Rahal and Danica Patrick. The win was the second of the season for the two-time IndyCar Series champion and 18th of his career. Dixon turned in the fastest lap of the race at 164.17 mph. The race average was...

2009-04-19 19:59:21

Dario Franchitti won Sunday's IndyCar Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, leading 51 of the California auto race's 85 laps. The Target Chip Ganassi Racing driver and 2007 IndyCar champion was helped by the second of two key pit stops in his first victory since the Indy 300, the 2007 IRL season-finale at the Chicagoland Raceway in Joliet, Ill. After holding a 3-second lead, Franchitti pitted early on lap 53 for his second and final stop. Will Power, Tony Kanaan and Danica Patrick also came in...

2008-07-12 09:00:00

JOLIET, Ill. | NASCAR's BAM Racing team has presented Barack Obama's presidential campaign with a potential sponsorship deal in the Sprint Cup series later this year, but it doesn't look like an Obama car will be burning rubber on the track anytime soon. BAM team spokesman Rhett Vandiver told The Associated Press on Friday that the team made a sponsorship proposal to the Democratic presidential hopeful's campaign, and has made similar proposals to the campaign of Republican John McCain and...


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  • A unit of saved energy.
Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.