Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti, dominant bully boys on the IndyCar block for two years running, plan to make Sunday’s Honda Indy Edmonton the first step toward beating series leader Will Power and regaining some lost swagger.
“Last year was an exceptional year because Scott and I won over half the races and the championship,” Franchitti said in an interview Thursday.
“We haven’t managed that kind of domination this year, but we’re both in the fight for the championship and we’re both hell-bent on bringing that back.”
Franchitti won five races last year en route to his second IndyCar championship, but has finished first just once this season — at the Indianapolis 500.
The 37-year-old Scotsman will be fighting to keep pace with Power at the Edmonton event, which features 14 turns and 1.96 miles on the City Centre Airport road course.
Power, with Team Penske, is IndyCar’s only multiple race winner in 2010. The 29-year-old from Toowoomba, Australia has taken four checkered flags in the first 10 races this year for 377 points. That’s 42 more than second-place Franchitti, and 78 more than third-place Dixon. It’s not a substantial lead, considering a win is worth 50 points.
Franchitti has been on the podium five times this year, but has otherwise seen small mishaps keep him from the winner’s circle.
“I think on the road and street stuff we’ve been just a little bit shy with the overall speed of the car, and some of that is definitely the set up,” said Franchitti.
“Some races we’ve just had pretty bad luck. (At) Iowa, we were leading the thing with a very dominant car and we had a gearbox failure (to finish 18th). There’s little things like that.”