Posted June 23, 2012 on
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Pole sitter Dario Franchitti was knocked out of the IndyCar race Saturday night in Iowa after his engine blew out before the green flag dropped.
Franchitti's car started smoking on the backstretch, just after a caution flag came out because of issues with Alex Tagliani's car. Franchitti says the engine, which he used to win the Indianapolis 500 in May, was making strange noise before it went out.
It's the first time Franchitti has failed to finish back-to-back races since the last event of 2004 and the first one of 2005.
Franchitti, the three-time defending series champion, started the race in seventh place and will likely drop further because of the setback.
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Dario Franchitti won the third of the first three qualifying heat races in the history of the current IndyCar series Friday to take the pole for the Iowa Corn Indy 250.
Franchitti, the Indianapolis 500 winner, has two victories in four starts on Iowa's short oval.
Helio Castroneves will start on the front row with Franchitti, followed by 2011 winner Marco Andretti, James Hinchcliffe...
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1. Downforce and tiresThe Iowa Corn Indy 250 should be an interesting race as drivers continue to deal with a low-downforce aero package, which makes getting around Iowa Speedway's bullring a lot more difficult. Friday's qualifying heat races gave them an idea of what to expect, but those were only 30 laps long. Pole sitter Dario Franchitti surmised last night that the heats...