Franchitti slips to third

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:55 AM ET

Dario Franchitti’s eyes lit up at the sight of the yellow flag.

With just three laps left in the Honda Indy Edmonton, the defending series champion figured he had a chance to make a move on the leaders off the restart.

He rode Scott Dixon’s tail through the first turn and nearly came out on the other side.

“I was trying to get a jump on these guys,” he said. “I knew Scott (Dixon), was going to be aggressive. I was going to see how close I could get to Scott, see if I could make a clean move.

“If Scott made a move on Will (Power), I was going to try to do what I did try to do, which is to get past them.”

Sitting fourth prior to the restart, Franchitti nearly got through with Dixon, who slid into second place as Helio Castroneves forced Power wide on the first turn.

Castroneves was issued a drive-through penalty for blocking Power, which cost him the race and knocked him down 10 spots in the final results.

Franchitti, who was unable to get past Power, ended up in third spot.

“Scott created the hole and I tried to get through it,” he said. “It was close, I’m talking about a foot or two. We came up a foot short of making that move happen.”

Franchitti went into the event second in the point standings, falling 50 points back of Power following Sunday’s race.

“I guess ultimately it all came down to that last restart with Helio blocking and Scott getting a run on both Will and Helio,” Franchitti said. “I tried to follow him though. We ran side-by-side through the first part of the chicane in Turn 2, gave each other room. I got to the exit and was on the marbles.

“That was it really, I had to back out of it and ultimately finish third.”

derek.vandiest@sunmedia.ca


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