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Dario Franchitti opens doubleheader with win

6/11/2011

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Dario Franchitti held off teammate Scott Dixon in a 10-lap shootout Saturday night to win the first of two races at Texas Motor Speedway's Firestone Twin 275s, the first doubleheader in major open-wheel racing in 30 years.

Franchitti finished 0.0527 seconds ahead of Dixon, with the Target Chip Ganassi teammates ahead of Will Power and polesitter Alex Tagliani.

The 114-lap race on the 1½-mile track was on a blistering pace of more than 207 mph, which would have been the fastest in IndyCar Series history, before the Indianapolis 500-winning car driven by rookie Wade Cunningham, not Dan Wheldon, was involved in a crash to set up the final sprint.

There was an abbreviated celebration between races for Franchitti's 28th career victory.