Target Chip Ganassi Racing Dominates for 1-2 Finish at Kansas

MINNEAPOLIS - May 2, 2010
Results from Kansas Speedway
1. Scott Dixon, No. 9 Target Honda Dallara
2. Dario Franchitti, No. 10 Suave Honda Dallara
3. Tony Kanaan, No. 11 Honda Dallara
Scott Dixon drove to a dominating victory in the RoadRunner Turbo Indy 300 at Kansas Speedway to score his first win of the season, while Dario Franchitti brought the No. 10 Suave car home in second. The win marked Dixon’s second consecutive win at the track and gave Target Chip Ganassi Racing its fourth consecutive win at Kansas.
Dixon lined-up second on the starting grid and passed for the lead on lap 32. He never looked back - leading a race-high 167 laps.
Franchitti started from the third position and ran in second throughout most of the race. Following the final round of pit stops during a late-race caution, Franchitti restarted from the third position and passed Helio Castroneves for second place with just four laps to go.
-     Today’s victory at Kansas is Dixon’s 23rd win in Indy car racing and his 22nd in the IZOD IndyCar Series. He continues to be the all time win leader in the IZOD IndyCar Series era (1996-present).
-     The win marks Dixon’s second consecutive win at the track. He won last year’s race at Kansas after starting fourth.
-     Dixon gives Target Chip Ganassi Racing its fourth consecutive win at Kansas, its 35th win in the IZOD IndyCar Series and 75th in Indy car racing.
-      By leading 169 laps of the 200-lap event, Target Chip Ganassi Racing has led 740 of the last 1,000 laps run at Kansas Speedway.
-     The win gives Chip Ganassi Racing Teams, Inc. its 120th victory.
-       This is the fifth consecutive top-five at Kansas for Dixon.
-       Franchitti scored his best finish of the season. His previous best finish was third at Barber Motorsports Park.
With the finishes, Dixon jumps to second in the IZOD IndyCar Series point standings with 164 points while Franchitti remains fifth with 152 points. Leader Will Power continues to hold the top spot with 190 points.
Up next for Team Target is Round 6 of the IZOD IndyCar Series at the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Sunday, May 30 (12:00 p.m. ET, ABC).
TCGR Quoteboard:
Scott Dixon: “It's huge. Winning at Kansas going into the month of May is a big deal. Team Target has had a slow start to the season, but this is what we needed to jump back into points table. It's certainly good to get that momentum going to Indy.”
Dario Franchitti: “After the first pit stop, it looked like Ryan Briscoe, Scott and myself were pretty equal. Scott and I were running 1-2 in formation. He was a little bit quicker than I was, especially toward the end of the stint. He was probably .2 or .3 mile-per-hour every lap. My balance was very good, but he was just quicker. I got past Helio (after the final restart) and then I could see Kanaan coming on pretty strong. The last few laps, the car was really oversteering but I kept it flat and managed to jump him. I think second was a fair result for us."
About Target Chip Ganassi Racing
Target Chip Ganassi Racing is the two-time reigning IZOD IndyCar Series Champion, scoring 10 wins in 17 races in 2009. Chip Ganassi created his own one-car IndyCar team in 1990 and established a partnership with sponsor, Target. Today, Target Chip Ganassi Racing includes two entries in the IZOD IndyCar Series for 2008/2003 Champion and 2008 Indianapolis 500 Winner Scott Dixon, and 2009/2007 Champion and 2007 Indianapolis 500 Winner Dario Franchitti. Target Chip Ganassi Racing has collected seven Championships and 75 wins since 1994 and operates out of a state-of-the-art race shop facility in Indianapolis, with a corporate office in Pittsburgh.
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