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Andretti Green teammates Dario Franchitti and Marco Andretti finished one-two in the inaugural Iowa Corn Indy 250 last Sunday, June 24. The news wasnt nearly as good for one of their other teammates, former Roscoe resident Danica Patrick. After leading a lap in the race, Patrick was part of a multi-car pile-up that forced her out of the race.
On lap 86 of the 250-lap race, the yellow flag came out because of contact between Tony Kanaan (another Andretti Green teammate) and Jeff Simmons. Following 13 laps under caution, the field was finally given the green flag on lap 99. Patrick, Helio Castroneves, Sam Hornish Jr., Ed Carpenter, A.J. Foyt IV and Kosuke Matsuura collided during the re-start. Patrick was unable to return to the track because of the extensive damage she sustained to the front end of her No. 7 Honda. This was the second race this season she did not finish.
After the melee, Patrick said: It looked like whoever was on the outside of me passed me before the green even happened, and then underneath me was Ed Carpenter, and I had nowhere to go. It looked like a matter of everyone squeezing down with nowhere to go. It sucks. Unfortunately, it looks like this is just a lost race.
Patrick is eighth in the 2007 driver points standings. She is 121 points behind leader Franchitti. The teammates will do battle again this Saturday night, June 30, as the series travels to Richmond, Va., for the 250-lap SunTrust Indy Challenge. ESPN will televise the race starting at 6:30 p.m.
Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at Dougster61@aol.com.
from the June 27-July 4, issue