TEAM TARGET READY FOR MILWAUKEE
Target Chip Ganassi Racing Milwaukee IndyFest Advance Notes
Race: Milwaukee IndyFest Saturday, June 15
Drivers: @scottdixon9 @dariofranchitti
Cars: No. 9 Target Honda and No. 10 Huggies Honda
Track: Milwaukee Mile (1-mile oval)
TV: NBCSports Network (4:00 PM ET)
Social: @TCGRTeams #TeamTarget
Location: West Allis, Wisconsin
BET YOU DIDN’T KNOW THAT
HUGGIES: This weekend’s Milwaukee IndyFest will mark the second time for the Huggies paint scheme on the No. 10 car. Franchitti debuted the paint scheme in the 2011 Firestone Twin 275s at Texas Motor Speedway, where he won the first twin 275 as part of a one-two finish with teammate Scott Dixon in second.
12 years later: This weekend marks the anniversary of Dixon’s first start with TCGR back in 2002 when he ran with teammates Kenny Brack and Bruno Junqueira. Dixon started fourth and finished sixth, completing all 250 laps.
10s All Around: Texas marked the first time both Target cars ended a round in the top-10 in points this season. With his sixth-place result in Texas, Franchitti entered the top-10 in IZOD IndyCar Series point for the first time in 2013.
Movin’ On Up: Franchitti has moved up in the point standings in six of the past seven races since Round 2 at Barber Motorsports Park when he sat 26th. After Long Beach (fourth) Franchitti moved to 20th, following Sao Paulo (seventh) he moved to 15th, after Detroit’s doubleheader (sixth/fifth) he moved to 11th and after Texas (sixth) he is now 10th in point standings (-91). Helio Castroneves leads with 259.
At Close Range: Although Dixon slipped from fourth to seventh following a 23rd-place result in Texas, there are only two points separating fourth-place Tony Kanaan (-64) and Dixon (-66) in the IZOD IndyCar Series standings.
Mr. Consistency: Dixon has 146 consecutive Indy car starts dating back to the 2004 race at Michigan International Speedway. Dixon passed Bobby Rahal and Michael Andretti for seventh at Texas Motor Speedway in Round 8. Jimmy Vasser is the all-time leader with 211 straight starts, while Tony Kanaan is the active leader with 204.
Ovals Abound: The Milwaukee IndyFest on Saturday kicks off the second of four consecutive ovals– one intermediate (Texas), one superspeedway (Pocono) and two short ovals (Milwaukee and Iowa).
Oval facts: Since 1990, TCGR has made 415 starts on ovals, earning 45 wins, 45 poles, 164 top-five finishes (39.5%), 264 top-10 finishes (63.6%), 108 podiums and 21 double podiums.
TCGR Success at Milwaukee: In 39 starts at Milwaukee Mile, TCGR drivers have amassed four wins (1998: Jimmy Vasser; 2000: Juan Montoya; 2009: Dixon; 2011: Franchitti), three poles (2000: Montoya; 2011: Franchitti; 2012: Franchitti), 14 top-fives and 25 top-10s.
Lucky Number Three: Franchitti has won the pole position in his last two visits to The Milwaukee Mile. Two out of the three times a TCGR car has won the pole in Milwaukee they have gone on to win the race (2000: Montoya; 2011: Franchitti).
Follow Team Target on Twitter: Continue to follow Target Chip Ganassi Racing on their official team Twitter page. Find in-race updates and weekly news on the No.9 and No.10 teams throughout the 2013 season by following “@TCGRTeams”.
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TWEET OF THE WEEK
@dariofranchitti “Sad news out of Montreal that one of the marshals was killed today. Rest in peace. A huge thank you to all marshals around the world.”
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW FOR MILWAUKEE
Scott Dixon and No. 9 Target Team
Last Time in Milwaukee: Dixon qualified 11th but started the No. 9 Target Honda 21st as the result of a 10-spot grid penalty for an unapproved engine change prior to the event weekend. He quickly began moving through the field and pitted during a caution on lap 67. While running third and going back to green after a caution on lap 108, Dixon was served a drive-through penalty for passing a car before the green flag on what turned out to be an aborted restart. After serving a penalty, Dixon rejoined the field 17th. The team would eventually finish in the 11th position. Following the race, INDYCAR Race Control acknowledged the mistake in their review process for the penalty and took full responsibility for it being the wrong call, however, the team was still credited with an 11th-place result.
Texas Race Rewind: Dixon started on the inside of the sixth row after qualifying the No. 9 Target Honda 11th. On lap 5 of 228 under caution, Dixon made his way up to ninth. While running in ninth on lap 15, the No. 9 car had moved up to seventh by lap 29. On lap 46, Dixon was running in fifth and made his first pit stop of the day on lap 51. Upon returning to the track the No. 9 car slowed on course. Dixon reported the engine was running but the car had lost drive. On lap 63 under caution, the No. 9 car stopped on track and was towed back to pit lane. Dixon’s crew changed the gearbox and returned the No.9 car to the course. On lap 85, the No. 9 car headed to the garage for repairs and remained there until lap 142, when Dixon retired from the race, finishing 23rd.
Career at Milwaukee: In nine starts at Milwaukee Mile, Dixon has earned one win (2009), three podiums, four top-5s, seven top-10s and has led 176 laps. The driver of the No. 9 car has completed 2,042 of 2,275 laps run at Milwaukee in his career (89.7%).
Oval Success: In 124 starts on oval tracks, Dixon has 17 wins, 13 poles and has led 3,373 laps.
In the Points: Following Texas, Dixon slipped from fourth to seventh in the IZOD IndyCar Series point standings with 193 markers, -66 points behind leader Helio Castroneves.
The Ice Man Returns: The two-time IZOD IndyCar Series Champion (2003, 2008) and 2008 Indianapolis 500 Winner returns in 2013 for his fifth season alongside four-time Champion (2007, 2009, 2010, 2011) and three-time Indianapolis 500 Winner (2007, 2010, 2012) Franchitti. Dixon is tied with Rick Mears for 10th place on the all-time Indy car wins list (1909-Present) with 29 victories and is tied with Bobby Rahal and Rex Mays for 16th on the all-time poles list with 18.
Go with What you Know: 2013 marks Dixon’s 12th year with Team Target – the longest tenure for any driver in team history (1990-Present).
Dario Franchitti and No. 10 Huggies Team
Last Time in Milwaukee: Franchitti started on the pole of the 225-lap event and led for 63 laps before relinquishing the lead to pit for a right rear tire going down on the No. 10 Honda. He restarted seventh and eventually settled into eighth after a series of cautions and pit stops. Franchitti made a pit stop on lap 169 to rejoin the field 12th. With 34 laps to go, the team made a final stop while under caution for fresh tires. On lap 194, Franchitti made contact with the wall in between Turns 3 and 4 forcing him to retire from the event and was credited with 19th. Just prior to the contact, Franchitti was forced down onto the rumble strips to avoid an incident with another car who came down on him.
Texas Race Rewind: Franchitti started the race on the outside of the second row after qualifying the No. 10 Honda fourth. On lap 5 of 228 under caution, Franchitti in eighth held his ground up through lap 15. On lap 29, the No. 10 car ran 13th and Franchitti reported it was a little free-off halfway through the run. On lap 46, Franchitti made his way up to ninth and stayed out on course until he came in for his first stop on lap 53. On lap 64, the No. 10 car drove consistently through to lap 97 in 13th. On lap 114 under caution, Franchitti jumped to sixth, and on lap 142 while still under caution, the No. 10 car moved up to fourth. With 27 laps to go, Franchitti ran in seventh and was able to pass one car to finish sixth.
Career at Milwaukee: In 13 starts at Milwaukee Mile, Franchitti has earned two wins (2004, 2011), two poles (2011, 2012), six top-5s and 10 top-10 finishes. He has led laps in seven of his 13 starts at the track, leading a high of 161 laps in his 2011 victory. The driver of the No. 10 car has completed 2,801 of 2,900 laps run at the track in his career (96.5%).
Oval Office: Franchitti has participated in 133 oval races, earning 16 victories, 14 poles and leading 3,383 laps.
In the Points: With the results in Texas, Franchitti moved up to 10th in the IZOD IndyCar Series point standings with 168 markers, -91 points behind leader Helio Castroneves.
Rarified Air: Dario is one of only five drivers to win the Indianapolis 500 and the series title in the same season more than once. By winning the 2012 Indianapolis 500, he became just the 10th driver in history to win the race three times.
ONE TEAM, SIX CARS, THREE SERIES
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