Andretti Green Racing will be looking to repeat the astonishing result from Nazareth in the Delphi Indy 300 at Chicagoland Speedway this weekend.

In the 100th IRL race, AGR became the first team in Indy Racing League history to secure a one-two-three finish, with Dan Wheldon leading Tony Kanaan and Dario Franchitti in a lockout of the podium.

That win was the third of the season for Wheldon, and the #26 Klein Tools/Jim Beam driver will be chasing another win this weekend to keep his title chances hopes alive.

"The race in Chicago is very important to me with both of my co-sponsors, Klein Tools and Jim Beam, being located in Chicago," he said. "We're going to have a lot of guests at the race and it's important to the Klein Tools/Jim Beam crew that we do well. We're going to do everything we can to make a run at the championship. Tony has a sizeable lead, but we still think we've got a chance to win."

Kanaan currently holds a 71 point advantage over his teammate after his second place at Nazareth after an amazingly consistent season that had seen him finish in the top five in the last twelve races. Despite the fact that only three races remain this season, he is still taking the title challenge on a race by race basis.

"I'm really looking forward to racing at Chicagoland Speedway," the #11 Team 7-Eleven driver said. "It is a very fast track and I expect the Team 7-Eleven car to again be very strong. My thoughts are still to take things race by race, and I hope to extend my points lead this weekend."

Two race wins have helped Franchitti to fifth in the championship. He heads into the Delphi Indy 300 on the back of a strong run of form and he will be looking to overhaul Helio Castroneves in the title race.

"The ArcaEx team has earned podium finishes in each of our past two outings, plus we've had very good success this season on the 1.5-mile ovals at Texas and Kansas," he said. "We are looking for another strong run this weekend at Chicago and hope to gain another position in the points race."

Bryan Herta is the only AGR driver who has yet to taste victory in 2004. He travels to Chicagoland in tenth in the point standings, but is only 19 points from the sixth-place occupant, Sam Hornish Jr.

He finished third in Chicagoland in 2003 in the closest 1-2-3 finish in IndyCar Series history, with the margin between race winner Sam Hornish Jr. and Herta just 0.0100 seconds.

"This is an important race for our team," he said. "So many of our sponsors like XM Satellite Radio, Klein Tools and Forsythe have a large presence in Chicago, and we'd really like to go out there and compete for a victory. Last year we finished third by a few feet and we feel like it's our turn to get into victory lane."

 

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