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Franchitti not upset with Andretti after collision

Franchitti not upset with Andretti after collision

There are no hard feelings between Dario Franchitti and teammate Marco Andretti, but there's still a matter of talking to their boss.
The Indianapolis 500 champion said he and Andretti talked about last Sunday's collision that dropped Franchitti to third at Sonoma, California, and allowed race winner Scott Dixon to take the points lead. Franchitti started from the pole and dominated the race until he and Andretti collided with 13 laps to go. It damaged his front wing and suspension and allowed Dixon to pass him for the lead a few laps later.
"I was able to talk with him and we cleared the air," Franchitti said Friday after the second practice session for Sunday's Detroit Indy Grand Prix.
The same isn't true for one of the men who signs his paycheck.
Michael Andretti, one of three owners of Andretti Green Racing and Marco's father, criticized Franchitti after last week's race, saying the Scot should have been more patient. The comment still seemed to sting five days later.
"I wasn't very impressed with the reaction," Franchitti said. "I'm sure we'll talk about it later. This isn't the first time we've had a disagreement."
Franchitti had the second-fastest lap during Friday's second practice session for the race, the penultimate event on the IndyCar Series. He could use an end to his recent run of bad luck, which has resulted in the disappearance of a 65-point lead during the last six races.
Before colliding with the younger Andretti last week, Franchitti walked away from airborne crashes in each of his previous two races. His first day at Detroit was relatively uneventful.
"I wasn't quite as happy this afternoon as I was this morning," he said. "We actually went quicker this morning, but we're pretty happy.
"We had a good, consistent car."
Dixon has a four-point lead on Franchitti and Tony Kanaan, another of Franchitti's AGR teammates, is 58 points behind the leader. None of the three can clinch the series title Sunday and Dixon was left wondering how he'll contend with the four-car team AGR will field Sunday.
"I don't see it being any different than it's been in the past," Dixon said. "There's four of them and there's me. They can do a lot with strategy to hinder what you're trying to do."
Friday's practice marked the return of open-wheel racing to the Motor City after a six-year hiatus. Helio Castroneves, who won the 2001 race _ the last on the Belle Isle circuit _ had the day's fastest lap of 1 minute, 13.3130 seconds on the 3.37-kilometer (2.096-mile) circuit.
Belle Isle hosted CART races from 1989 to 2001 and the track has been shortened by a half kilometer (three-tenths of a mile) and widened in areas to permit more passing _ a complaint of both drivers and fans during previous races here. Several drivers said getting used to the new course would take time.
"Very slippery, very difficult _ as bumpy as usual," Kanaan said.


Updated : 2020-12-05 02:25 GMT+08:00