Team Target Claims Double Podium at Infineon

MINNEAPOLIS - August 23, 2010
Results from Infineon Raceway
  1. Will Power, No. 12 Honda Dallara
  2.  Scott Dixon, No. 9 Target Honda Dallara
  3.  Dario Franchitti, No. 10 Target Honda Dallara
Target Chip Ganassi Racing (TCGR) had another strong finish at the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma, claiming their fourth double-podium finish of the 2010 season. Scott Dixon finished second and Dario Franchitti finished in the third position after the 75-lap event.
 
Dixon lined-up sixth on the grid and passed his way into the top-three by just lap 24. He ran in the top three throughout the remainder of the race, challenging eventual winner Will Power for the lead in the closing laps.
 
Franchitti started in the third position and ran in the top three throughout the race. He quickly made his way up to second on lap 18, and on lap 61 let his Target teammate take up with fight with Power. He would ultimately finish third, joining Dixon on the podium.
 
NOTES
-       Dixon extended his record of most consecutive top-10 starts to 45
-       The third-place finish marked Franchitti’s fourth consecutive podium finish at Infineon (2006, 2007, 2009)
-       The second-place finish marked Dixon’s third top-five finish at Infineon (2006, 2007)
-       The podium finishes mark the 12th podium finish for Team Target in 2010 (Franchitti: eight; Dixon: four)
-       This was Dixon’s second runner-up finish and his eighth top-five of 2010
-       Franchitti’s third-place finish was his fourth of 2010, and his 10th top-10 of 2010
 
With the podium finishes, Franchitti remains second in the championship with 455 points - just 59 points behind leader Power. Dixon remains third in the championship with 419 points – 95 points out of the top spot.
 
Up next for Team Target is Round 14 of the IZOD IndyCar Series at Chicagoland Speedway for the Peak Antifreeze and Motor Oil 300, August 28 (7:00 p.m. ET on VERSUS).
 
TCGR Quoteboard:
 
Scott Dixon: “The unfortunate part is that we really only get one set of stickers for the race with the red tires. They were night and day quicker so we had to take used at the end. It’s a big day for Team Target. Second and third is a great result. We really needed to be ahead of the 12 car, and I pushed it as hard as I could at the end. I just couldn’t even get close enough to have a look. He was definitely hooked up and saving his tires earlier in the day. It’s still a good result. We’re happy to come from sixth all the way to second.”
 
Dario Franchitti: “We did the best with what we had today. We took a gamble on blacks at the end and it didn’t work for us, unfortunately. Scott (Dixon) was definitely quicker on reds and I let him go there, hoping he was going to hunt down Will (Power). Scott really tried to get past him.  There was such a speed difference on the blacks that we couldn’t get close to them at the end.”

About Target Chip Ganassi Racing (TCGR)
Target Chip Ganassi Racing is the reigning Indianapolis 500 Winner and two-time reigning IZOD IndyCar Series Champion. 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 2010/2007 Indianapolis 500 Winner Dario Franchitti. Target Chip Ganassi Racing has collected seven Championships and 78 wins since 1994 and operates out of a state-of-the-art race shop facility in Indianapolis, with a corporate office in Pittsburgh.
 
For more information log onto www.chipganassiracing.com

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