Dixon 14th, Franchitti 23rd in the 97th Running of the Indianapolis 500

MINNEAPOLIS - May 26, 2013

Results (with starting pos.) from the 97th Running of the Indianapolis 500

1. (12) Tony Kanaan (No.11 Chevrolet)
2. (2) Carlos Munoz (No.26 Chevrolet)
3. (7) Ryan Hunter-Reay (No.1 Chevrolet)
14. (16) Scott Dixon (No.9 Target Honda)
23. (17) Dario Franchitti (No.10 Target Honda)

Target Chip Ganassi Racing (TCGR) drivers Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti finished  14th and 23rd, respectively in Round 5 of the IZOD IndyCar Series at the Indianapolis 500 from Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  The 2013 edition of the Indianapolis 500 had a record 68 lead changes, doubling the record of 34 set in 2012.  At a race pace of 187.433 mph, it marked the fastest running of the 500-mile race in history.

Dixon started the race on the inside of the sixth row after qualifying the No. 9 Target Honda 16th on the 2.5-mile oval track.  By lap 20 of 200, Dixon was able to work his way up to 12th.  On lap 32, the No. 9 car pit for the first time after being able to stay out longer than the leaders.  On a lap 44 restart, Dixon jumped from 17th to 13th.  On lap 92, the No. 9 team pit for a front wing adjustment.  With 55 laps to go Dixon struggled with understeer and balance while in 12th position.  In the final stages of the race the No. 9 car experienced a shifting issue with the left paddle shifter on the steering wheel, relegating the team to a 14-place result.

Franchitti started the race in the middle of the sixth row after qualifying the No. 10 Target Honda 17th.  On lap 11 of 200, the No. 10 car was able to make some ground and drove up to 11th.  On lap 22, Franchitti reported picking up understeer and waited until lap 32 to pit for the first time.  On a lap 44 restart the No. 10 car jumped from 16th to 12th.  On lap 52, Franchitti reported that the car had mid-corner understeer and waited for the tires to come in.  On a lap 57 caution, the No. 10 car pit from 18th and on the lap 62 restart was able to pass up to 17th.  Halfway through the fuel run Franchitti pitted from 17th for a third time on lap 93 to make a front wing adjustment.  With 55 laps to go the No. 10 car still struggled with understeer and balance in 18th.  With 27 laps to go Franchitti worked his way up to ninth, but with five laps to go under a caution, the No. 10 car had contact with the wall to finish 23rd.

With the results, Dixon is now in eighth in the championship standings (-46) behind leader Marco Andretti, while Franchitti is 17th (-87).

Honda is second in the manufacturer point standings with 33 points, trailing Chevrolet with 42.

Up next for Team Target is Round 6 of the IZOD IndyCar Series with the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit from Belle Isle, Michigan on Saturday, June 1st and Sunday, June 2nd (Each: 3:30pm ET ABC).

NOTES

- With 11 laps to go the No. 9 car would not shift

- Dixon extended his Indianapolis 500 record to 1,566 consecutive laps completed

- Dixon (2008-13) ties Wilbur Shaw (1935-40) and Rodger Ward (1959-64) for completing the full 500-mile distance six consecutive times

TCGR Quote Board:

Scott Dixon:  “Our car balance was pretty decent but in the end we just didn’t have any gears.  I would be coming on to the main straight away and the top gear would hit the rev limiter when I was getting a tow from other cars.  I got into a kind of mix up as well with Alex Tagliani and hit the wall.  Then finally we had an issue with the left paddle shifter in the steering wheel so I wasn’t able to downshift.  It was just one of those days.”

Dario Franchitti:  “That accident at the end of the race really summed up our day with the Target team.  We were in traffic and couldn’t make anything happen and that was the story of our afternoon.  I was loose in the middle of the turns and had big understeer off and a general lack of grip.  The guys tried something at the end and we didn’t take tires but I ended up just sliding around in the end.  I went in the last lap and the car just didn’t turn.  It was a big old hit and it hurt.  When I saw who was leading at the end it cheered me up a little bit.  I’m so happy for Tony [Kanaan].  He is a very, very deserving winner.”

About Chip Ganassi Racing Teams

Chip Ganassi has been a fixture in the auto racing industry for over 25 years and is considered one of the most successful as well as innovative owners the sport has anywhere in the world.  Today his teams include three cars in the IZOD IndyCar Series, two cars in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and one Daytona Prototype in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series. Overall his teams have 15 championships and over 150 victories, including four Indianapolis 500s, a Daytona 500, a Brickyard 400 and five Rolex 24 At Daytonas.  Ganassi boasts state-of-the-art race shop facilities in Indianapolis and Brownsburg, Ind. and Concord, N.C., with a corporate office in Pittsburgh, Penn.

For more information log onto: www.chipganassiracing.com

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