Franchitti bags podium at Kansas

Bathgate’s Dario Franchitti scored his second podium finish of the year in the latest round of the IndyCar Championship in Kansas. The 35-year-old Scot finished immediately behind his Ganassi team-mate and race winner, Kiwi Scott Dixon.

“That was the ideal result for the team and confirmed we’re getting things moving the way we want,” Franchitti, who struggled in the previous race at Long Beach, admitted today.

“Sure I would rather have won, but a strong 1-2 for Team Ganassi is perfect. We’ve now got the impetus which we’ll carry into the next race, the Indy500 at the end of the month.”

Franchitti and Dixon hunted down the Penske of polesitter Ryan Briscoe before the Aussie lost the lead immediately before the first round of pitstops. Dixon’s win was the first of the season for Ganassi.

Championship leader Will Power struggled to finish 12th after overshooting his pitbox during the first round of stops. The Aussie though still leads Dixon in second place by 26 points. Franchitti lies fifth, just 12 points behind his team-mate.


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