Deerfield,Ill. - May 28, 2006 - The last seven laps of the 90th running of the Indianapolis 500 made all the difference for Dario Franchitti and the No. 27 Canadian Club team.
Franchitti had combined a good-handling car that could slice through traffic with superior service on pit road by his Andretti Green Racing teammates to advance from 17th at the start to second by Lap 193 of the 200-lap,500-mile Memorial Day weekend classic.
Then, he was forced to pit for fuel, relegating him to seventh place when the race returned to green with only four laps remaining. Despite his best efforts in the wild scramble that ensued, Franchitti finished seventh.
"My day went a lot better than the rest of the month I have to say," said Franchitti. "We
started to make progress straight off the start. We started getting to the front and every time I came into the pits, the Klein Tools/Canadian Club crew got me out a couple of places up.
"The car wasn't the fastest car on the track but we were very good in traffic and that's where we were trying to make up our time. That last yellow kind of hurt us. I think Dan (Wheldon) slowed up on the restart and I hit him and damaged the nose and then somebody hit me in the side so it was pretty physical.
"I thought Marco and Michael (Andretti) were going to finish one-two there for a minute and that would have been pretty cool."