TCGR DAY-END REPORT, ST. PETERSBURG
Target Chip Ganassi Racing St. Petersburg Day-End Report - Race Day
IZOD IndyCar Series Race Results for the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg
Race Results (with starting position)
1. (4) James Hinchcliffe (No.27 Chevrolet)
2. (5) Helio Castoneves (No.3 Chevrolet)
3. (7) Marco Andretti (No.26 Chevrolet)
5. (20) Scott Dixon (No.9 Target Honda)
25. (10) Dario Franchitti (No.10 Target Honda)
• The 9 team moved up 15 positions and finished fifth after starting 20th – the biggest gain of any car in the 25-car field.
• The 10 car had contact with the wall following a pit stop resulting in left front end damage. The team retired due to due damage.
Dario Franchitti: “We’ve really struggled with the Target car this weekend. I was trying to make up for it somewhere on the track and I just stepped over the line there on cold tires. I hit a bump in turn three, and with the ride height being so low with the tires pressures I just got in the marbles and in the wall. It was totally my mistake.”
Scott Dixon: “The Target car was generally pretty good, we were just trying to get good fuel mileage and look after the tires. The yellows didn’t really fall our way today. We went a little bit off sequence there at the end but what killed us was the left waste gate on the turbo broke so I had no boost. I was just getting killed on straight-line speed and they just all got past me on the final restarts.”
Target Chip Ganassi Racing St. Petersburg Day-End Report - Saturday, March 23
IZOD IndyCar Series Qualifying/Practice for the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg
P1 Will Power (No.12 Chevrolet)
P2 Takuma Sato (No.14 Honda)
P10 Dario Franchitti (No.10 Honda)
P20 Scott Dixon (No.9 Honda)
P1 Takuma Sato (No.14 Honda) 1:01.529 sec
P2 Will Power (No.12 Chevrolet) at 1:01.738 sec
P8 Dario Franchitti (No.10 Honda) at 1:02.049 sec
P13 Scott Dixon (No.9 Honda) at 1:02.185 sec
• In the practice session, the team dealt with correcting understeer and increasing front grip. Only the primary tires were used. The red alternate tires (softer and faster) were saved for qualifying.
• The No.9 team did not advance out of round 1 of knockout qualifying due to ongoing problems with understeer.
• The No.10 team advanced to round 2 but fought conditions ranging all the way from understeer to oversteer across the qualifying rounds.
Dario Franchitti: “We had a slow start to the weekend but we are moving in the right direction. But it’s frustrating not being up there where we want to be. We’re struggling with the car a bit and made some small gains today. I think we’ll be able to improve both cars a bit over night. I had a car that had too much oversteer in the first session, and we tried something to correct that and it just produced understeer. We’ll continue to work hard and see what we can come up with for the Target car tomorrow.”
Scott Dixon: “We have just been a bit behind in getting the Target cars up to speed here this weekend for some reason. I keep finding myself fighting understeer in the car. We have another day to work on it and will definitely be working on some solutions before morning warm-up tomorrow.”
Target Chip Ganassi Racing St. Petersburg Day-End Report - Friday, March 22
IZOD IndyCar Series Practice for the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg
P1 Hunter-Reay, Ryan (No.1 Chevrolet) at 1:02.453 sec
P2 James Hinchcliffe (No.27 Chevrolet) at 1:02.454 sec
P6 Dario Franchitti (No.10 Honda) at 1:02.682 sec
P14 Scott Dixon (No.9 Honda) at 1:03.057 sec
P1 Will Power (No.12 Chevrolet) at 1:01.446 sec
P2 Hunter-Reay, Ryan (No.1 Chevrolet) at 1:01.625 sec
P17 Dario Franchitti (No.10 Honda) at 1:02:408 sec
P19 Scott Dixon (No.9 Honda) at 1:02:503 sec
• The 9 and 10 teams worked on overall balance of the car throughout the two 45-minute sessions today.
• The run plan today was an extension of what the team learned from testing at Sebring International Raceway in February, which was a comparable surface to the street course here in St. Petersburg.
Dario Franchitti: “The Target car felt reasonable. It was actually better than it was in this morning’s session. It just didn’t have the speed in it we’re looking for. It looks like we’re going to have a busy night.”
Scott Dixon: “Practice wasn’t so great. We had a couple of issues with the car not starting and some other mechanical things that just kind of happened. Not the start we wanted to have for the Target team this weekend but we’ll work on getting it right for qualifying tomorrow.”