Originally posted on Race Review Online  |  Last updated 9/3/13
Baltimore, MD- It wasn’t the weekend that four-time Izod IndyCar Series champion Dario Franchitti had hoped for. He entered this weekend’s Grand Prix of Baltimore on a hot streak as a lot of people considered him as a favorite to win today’s race. Franchitti had finished no worse than fourth since Pocono which was the first weekend of July as he entered with finishes of 3rd, 3rd, 4th, 3rd, and 3rd coming into this weekend’s race. He also had run fairly well in the first two years of the event in Baltimore, qualifying fourth both years and finishing fourth and 13th, respectively. Unfortunately, this has been a weekend to forget for the Scotsman. Franchitti entered this weekend already facing a 10-spot grid penalty for a new engine change entering Baltimore. Then in qualifying he came home a disappointing 14th. With having the grid penalty it dropped him to last for today’s 75-lap race. In the morning warm-up Franchitti’s luck got even worse blowing his new engine that they put in last night. In the race it went from bad to worse as Franchitti had a brake failure very early on. He went seven laps down and returned to the track. Then on Lap 29 his brakes went out again, ending his day with a 21st place finish. It was Franchitti’s worst finish since a 20th place at Iowa in late June and just the third sub 20th place finish since the Indy 500 in May. This pretty much ends Franchitti’s chances at a championship. Eric Smith is the Lead Motorsports Writer for Race Review Online. Follow him on Twitter @ericsportsguru The post IndyCar: Rough weekend at Baltimore for Dario Franchitti appeared first on Race Review Online.
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