Franchitti bids for Iowa hat-trick

Bathgate’s Dario Franchitti bids to increase his three-point lead in the IndyCar Championship by winning for a third successive time at Iowa tomorrow.

The 37-year-old Scot, who finished fifth in the previous round in Texas a fortnight ago, heads to the tight, 0.9-mile oval confident of extending his advantage over the Penske of second-placed Will Power.

“I’ve got a pretty good record at Iowa, two races and two wins,” the Scot, bidding to add the IndyCar title to his Indy500 win earlier this year, said today. “Last year we ran a tough race with Ryan Briscoe, but won in the end.

“The Iowa track is becoming more and more of a challenge as the surface loses grip with age. There’s also a pretty massive bump in Turn 2, which definitely adds to the overall challenge of the place.

“As it’s the only short track on our schedule this season and with my track record there the last couple years, I’m looking forward to the race for obvious reasons.”


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