TEAM TARGET COMPLETES SEASON OPENER AT BARBER
Team Target Completes IndyCar Season Opener at Barber
Target Chip Ganassi Racing drivers Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti recently completed their IZOD IndyCar Series Open Test hosted by Barber Motorsports Park on March 12-13. All IZOD IndyCar Series teams contested on the 2.38-mile circuit in Birmingham, Ala. On the first day of the two-day test, eight different teams were represented in the top-10 and 19 of the 26 drivers were within one second of the leader. Twenty-five drivers were quicker than Will Power's official record on the 2.38-mile, 17-turn road course, including Dixon, who posted a 1:08.2543 second practice time to finish eighth among 26 drivers. Recent surface grinding combined with a new compound for the Firestone primary tires developed for the track and cool temperatures for the turbo-charged engines were contributing factors to the record-breaking speeds on opening day. Dixon and Franchitti wrapped up the second day of competition by posting best-times of 1:07.687 and 1:08.1705 for the day to finish fourth and 16th. In combined results of the two-day test Dixon and Franchitti finished sixth and 15th overall.
The IZOD IndyCar Series season opener – the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg – is set for March 24 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla.