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Originally published Friday, April 19, 2013 at 2:36 PM

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Franchitti not worried about slow start to season

Dario Franchitti isn't concerned about his dismal start to the IndyCar season, which has him ranked last in the series standings headed into Sunday's race at Long Beach.

The Associated Press

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LONG BEACH, Calif. —

Dario Franchitti isn't concerned about his dismal start to the IndyCar season, which has him ranked last in the series standings headed into Sunday's race at Long Beach.

The four-time champion failed to finish in the first two races of the year, crashing in the opener at St. Pete and retiring early at Barber with a mechanical problem. Franchitti said Friday he's certain he will turn things around.

"Did you watch the Barber race? We were up to P6 before halfway," he said. "We would have definitely been on podium if we didn't break."

It's the worst start of Franchitti's career, which dates back to 1997 in CART and has him in a tie for seventh on the all-time win list with 31. He'll make his 250th Indy start on Sunday.

On Friday, he was in the compound for the Toyota Pro Celebrity race to dole out advice to the drivers with teammate Scott Dixon. Although the participants are famous, they flocked to Franchitti and posed for photos with the three-time Indianapolis 500 winner.

Among them was drag racer Melanie Troxell.

"This is a big learning experience for me," she told Franchitti. "But there's more reward as a driver because drag racing, it's over so fast."

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