Posted June 23, 2012 on AP on Fox

HOMESTEAD, FL - OCTOBER 10: Dario Franchitti driver of the #10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara Honda celebrates after winning the IRL IndyCar Series Firestone Indy 300 and the IRL IndyCar Series Championship on October 10, 2009 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)
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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