26 July 2004
Dario breaks his duck on Milwaukee's Mile
“I've got to try to remember it all first,” grinned Franchitti in victory lane. “It wasn't the best start I've ever made, but it was clean. When we put new tires on, the car really came to life at that point, and I started moving through the field. On the last pit stop, I think Hornish beat us out, and I don't know what he was doing on the restart. There's a certain speed you're supposed to go, and he was doing, like, 50 miles an hour or something and checking everybody up, so there was a no-start. On the second start, he just kept coming down, trying to squeeze me. I was lucky the car was as good as it was. I was able to accelerate hard on the inside, get past him and get a nice lead.”
Rice was reasonably happy with second, saying; “Finishing in the top three is always a good deal. It's looking good in the points right now. It's good for Rahal Letterman. We're doing exactly what we need to do: marching forward.” Not quite enough to overhaul Kanaan, however, his fourth place keeping him 64 points clear in the title chase. “We just didn't have the car to win today, but we scored some good points,” he said, adding; “When we can't win, that is what we have to focus on, and today we got everything we could.”
He'll be hoping for more, and his team-mate Franchitti that the good luck is now permanently on his side, as attention switches to the fast banking of Michigan in seven days time.
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