engines start to roar at Milwaukee IndyFest this month, the top
IndyCar drivers will be on the Milwaukee Mile track, including Dario
Franchitti, who spoke with M writer Mark Concannon from his home in
M: How important
is it to have the Milwaukee race on the IndyCar schedule?
DF: Having such
a long history there (makes it) very important, but equally important
is that itís a race for the teams and the fans; the drivers love
(it). When it almost didnít happen (in 2012) there were a lot of
people up in arms about it, including all the drivers because itís a
place we all enjoy going to race.
M: What are the
keys to doing well on that track?
DF: Itís a
very challenging layout. It looks fairly simple. It looks like a
corner at each end, but the corners are very, very different. Itís
such a short track youíre always in traffic, whether youíre
fighting guys for position or youíre lapping people. Youíre really
in traffic all day in the car. It handles much differently than when
youíre on your own.
M: What are your
goals for this season?
DF: We had a
tough start. I crashed the car in St. Pete and had a mechanical
failure. We had a tough race in Alabama, but things turned for us in
Long Beach. We qualified on the pole and then finished fourth. Weíre
not where weíd like to be. It would be nice to peak around
Indianapolis for the 500 there.