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IndyCar: Dario Franchitti on his way to 250th career start

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Khatir Soltani
This weekend’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach will mark Chip Ganassi Racing’s Dario Franchitti’s 250th IndyCar start, which will be putting him right behind still active drivers Tony Kanaan and Helio Castroneves.

In his long CART/ChampCar/IndyCar career, Franchitti has earned four championships, including 31 victories (three Indy 500), 29 runner-up finishes, 112 top-five finishes and 29 pole starts.

The Scot began his career on March 2, 1997, in a CART race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Franchitti will make his 12th start at Long Beach, where he won in 2009 in the first IndyCar-sanctioned race on the temporary street circuit.

Most Indy car starts 1946-2013
407 – Mario Andretti
369 – A.J. Foyt
329 – Al Unser. Jr.
320 – Al Unser
317 – Michael Andretti
315 – Johnny Rutherford
281 – Paul Tracy
264 – Bobby Rahal
261 – Gordon Johncock
260 – Helio Castroneves
259 – Tony Kanaan and Bobby Unser
249 – Dario Franchitti

Khatir Soltani
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