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Target Chip Ganassi Racing Iowa Corn Indy 250 Advance Notes
Race: Iowa Corn Indy 250, June 23
Drivers: @scottdixon9 @dariofranchitti
Cars: No. 9 Target Honda and No. 10 Glad Honda
Track: Iowa Speedway (7/8-mile oval)
TV: 2:30 PM ET on ABC
Social: @TCGRTeams #TeamTarget
Location: Newton, Iowa
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Dixon to be Featured on “INDYCAR 36” This Week: Scott Dixon and the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing team will be featured for the first time on the NBC Sports Network’s original series “INDYCAR 36” this week. The episode will debut on Thursday, June 20th at 11 PM ET on NBC Sports Network and will recap the weekend of the Firestone 550 at the Texas Motor Speedway. Produced by IMS Productions, “INDYCAR 36” gives viewers an all-access pass into the life of a world-class driver in the middle of race season. The “INDYCAR 36” cameras follow a driver for 36 hours during a race weekend providing a behind-the-scenes look at the on and off-track activities of the stars of the IZOD IndyCar Series. The programs are a must-watch for any racing fan to understand the high-pressure environment of professional racing, even before the starting positions are earned and victory laps are completed.
Up 15 Spots: Dario Franchitti, a two-time winner at The Milwaukee Mile, overcame an engine penalty that dropped him 10 spots on the grid from where he qualified last week, to advance a race-high 15 positions from where he started. Franchitti moved from 23rd to finish eighth.
The Heat is On: Qualifying for the Iowa Corn Indy 250 at Iowa Speedway this Saturday, June 22, will return to ‘Heat Race’ format, originally brought on in the 2012 season to replace single-car qualifications for the event. Three 50-lap heat races, will determine the starting grid with the format, as follows: Qualifying Heat Race 1 - Will consist of the even-numbered positions, starting with position 8 from single-car qualifying. The results of Race 1 shall determine the even-numbered positions in the starting field, starting with position 12. The top-two finishers will transfer to Race 3 and start in positions 8 and 10. Qualifying Heat Race 2 - Will consist of the odd-numbered positions, starting with position 7 from single-car qualifying. The results of Race 2 shall determine the odd-numbered positions in the starting field, starting with position 11. The top two finishers will transfer to Race 3 and start in positions 7 and 9. Qualifying Heat Race 3 - Will consist of positions 1 through 6 from single-car qualifying plus the first- and second-place finishers from Races 1 and 2 to determine the pole winner and the first five rows of the starting grid. Positions in the three heat races will be determined by single-car, single-lap qualifications. A blind draw will determine the qualifying order. The format for heat race qualifications also will reward 12 starters with points - from nine points for the pole winner and descending by one point each position to one point for 11th and 12th.
Honda leader: Scott Dixon led the Honda camp last weekend at Milwaukee with a sixth-place finish.
Ovals Abound: Iowa Speedway on Sunday is the third in a run of four consecutive ovals– one intermediate (Texas), one superspeedway (Pocono) and two short ovals (Milwaukee and Iowa). Following Pocono on July 7th, the series won’t return to an oval until the season finale in Fontana October 19th.
Four years later: This weekend marks the four-year anniversary of Franchitti’s first oval win with TCGR back in 2009 in Iowa. Franchitti started fourth, completed all 250 laps and led 68 to finish first.
Top-10 in two: This marks the second straight week that both Team Target cars remained in the top-10 in points this season. Dixon moved up to fifth (-78) after Milwaukee and Franchitti held in 10th (-107) in the IZOD IndyCar Series points. Helio Castroneves leads with 299.
Oval facts: Since 1990, TCGR has made 417 starts on ovals, earning 45 wins, 45 poles, 164 top-five finishes (39.5%), 266 top-10 finishes (63.7%), 108 podiums and 21 double podiums.
TCGR Success at Iowa: In 12 starts at Iowa Speedway, TCGR drivers have amassed two wins (2008: Dan Wheldon; 2009: Franchitti), two poles (2007: Dixon; 2012: Franchitti), seven top-five and nine top-10 finishes. In those 12 starts, Team Target drivers have led 478 of 3,000 laps (15.9%).
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”.
CGRT Mobile App: Download the Chip Ganassi Racing Teams mobile app for the latest driver news, event information, social media updates and exclusive content. Head to the iTunes store and check it out: http://bit.ly/YGJQxf.
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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW FOR IOWA
Scott Dixon and No. 9 Target Team
Last Time in Iowa: Dixon started the Iowa 250-lap race in eighth. At the start of the race, Dixon settled into the top-10 running order, and remained there for the opening 68 laps. The No. 9 Target Honda hit pit road for the first time under caution on lap 70, and returned to the track in sixth. On lap 100, Dixon made his second pit stop under caution, putting him on a different fuel strategy than the majority of the field. He continued to work his way toward the front, eventually taking the lead on lap 157 as green-flag pit stops cycled through. He led most of the second-half of the race, but slid back in the closing laps to finish fourth.
Milwaukee Race Rewind: Dixon started the race on the inside of the sixth row after qualifying the No. 9 Target Honda 11th on the 1-mile oval. On lap 17 of 250, Dixon held his ground in 11th through a lap 20 caution. On lap 24, the No. 9 car stayed out on the track while the top 14 cars pitted. On lap 28, Dixon made his way up to ninth but lost ground and dropped back to 15th behind the drivers who had fresh tires. On lap 70, the No. 9 car pit for the first time. On lap 104 under caution, Dixon managed to jump to eighth and by lap 140 had passed one more car to seventh. With 37 laps to go, the No. 9 car made its last scheduled stop from fifth. Dixon fought until the checkered flag and finished sixth as the top Honda-powered car.
Career at Iowa: In six starts at Iowa Speedway, Dixon has earned one pole (2007), one podium (2011), four top-5s, six top-10s and has led 108 laps. The driver of the No. 9 car has completed 1422 of 1500 laps run at Iowa in his career (94.8%).
Oval Success: In 125 starts on oval tracks, Dixon has 17 wins, 13 poles and has led 3,373 laps.
In the Points: Following Milwaukee, Dixon moved up from seventh to fifth in the IZOD IndyCar Series point standings with 221 markers, -78 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 Glad Team
Last Time in Iowa: Franchitti lined up first on the grid for the second time after he won his qualifying heat race. While running under the pace laps, Franchitti radioed to his Target crew that the engine sounded off. Shortly after that radio transmission, the No. 10 Target Honda suffered a mechanical failure, forcing Franchitti to retire from the race before taking the green flag.
Milwaukee Race Rewind: Franchitti started the race on the inside of the 12th row after qualifying the No. 10 Honda 17th, but started 23rd due to a grid spot penalty for an engine change. On lap 17 of 250, Franchitti passed two cars and made his way up to 21st. On lap 24, the No. 10 car pit for the first time while the top 14 cars stayed out on the track. During a lap 28 caution Franchitti ran 18th and held his position for more than 20 laps. On lap 57, the No. 10 car was able to pass three more cars to 15th. On lap 140 Franchitti jumped to 12th and with 35 laps to go the No. 10 car left pit lane for a final time to finish the race in eighth.
Career at Iowa: In five starts at Iowa Speedway, Franchitti has earned two wins (2007, 2009), one pole (2012), three top-5 and top-10 finishes. He has led laps in four of his five starts at the track, leading a total of 405 laps. The driver of the No. 10 car has completed 962 of 1250 laps run at the track in his career (76.9%)
Oval Office: Franchitti has participated in 134 oval races, earning 16 victories, 14 poles and leading 3,383 laps.
In the Points: With the results in Milwaukee, Franchitti remained in 10th in the IZOD IndyCar Series point standings with 192 markers, -107 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