CGR WINS POCONO WITH A RECORD 1-2-3 FINISH
Target Race Program Reaches 100th Win (Target Chip Ganassi Racing Pocono Day-End Report)
IZOD IndyCar Series Race Results for the Pocono INDYCAR 400
Race Results (with starting position)
1. (17) Scott Dixon (No.9 Target Honda)
2. (12) Charlie Kimball (No.83 Honda)
3. (20) Dario Franchitti (No.10 Energizer Honda)
• The last and only 1-2-3 team sweep in a Triple Crown race, before today, was in 1979 in Ontario by Bobby Unser, Rick Mears and Mario Andretti of Team Penske.
• The Target Racing Program, which began with Target and Chip Ganassi Racing in 1990, reached the 100-win mark today in Pocono with Scott Dixon’s win.
• The first win for the program came in 1994 with Michael Andretti’s Indy car victory at Surfers Paradise, Australia when the team was just a two-car open wheel program.
• The result was the first 1-2-3 finish in history for Chip Ganassi Racing Teams
• The result marked Honda’s 200th Win
Chip Ganassi: “When I got out of bed this morning, I wouldn’t have guessed this. I actually forgot that the next win would have been our 100th; it’s been so long since we’ve had a win. It’s a really great place to do it….in Pennsylvania too, in my home state. It’s great for the series to have a 1-2-3 (finish) and Honda. You know, Honda needed a boost, and they stepped up and did a great job. The drivers did a great job and the team did a great job.”
Scott Dixon: “Going into this morning, I was not thinking we could win. The team definitely hasn’t given up, and you’ve got to hand it to Honda as well. I think fuel mileage was the key today. And we still had speed up front without having to save all the time. I don’t know what to say. It’s the 100th win for Target as well, which is just fantastic. I’m just so happy. I love this place. Pocono, the fans, just everyone has been fantastic. It’s great to be back. It’s been a long drought, almost a year, so it’s fantastic to be back in winner’s circle.”
Dario Franchitti: “We went for a very aggressive setup, very low down force. When I get some kind of gap, I could run some fast laps. The Honda today, it’s so good on fuel mileage, and that really, really helped us. I could catch back up Charlie in spots, but I couldn’t do anything with him because of the aggressive setup we ran.”
IZOD IndyCar Series Point Standings
1. Helio Castroneves 356
4. Scott Dixon -65
11. Dario Franchitti -119
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Target Chip Ganassi Racing Pocono Day-End Report
IZOD IndyCar Series Qualifying/Practice for the Pocono INDYCAR 400
P1 Marco Andretti (No.26 Chevrolet)
P2 Ryan Hunter-Reay (No.1 Chevrolet)
P3 James Hinchcliffe (No.27 Chevrolet)
P7 Scott Dixon (No.9 Honda)
P18 Dario Franchitti (No.10 Honda)
P1 Marco Andretti (No.26 Chevrolet) at 221.883 mph
P2 Tony Kanaan (No.11 Chevrolet) at 220.819 mph
P3 Charlie Kimball (No.83 Honda) at 220.683 mph
P6 Scott Dixon (No.9 Honda) at 220.217 mph
P16 Dario Franchitti (No.10 Honda) at 218.576 mph
P1 Marco Andretti (No.26 Chevrolet) at 219.120 mph
P2 Takuma Sato (No.14 Honda) at 218.814 mph
P3 James Hinchcliffe (No.27 Chevrolet) at 218.759 mph
P4 Scott Dixon (No.9 Honda) at 218.545 mph
P5 Dario Franchitti (No.10 Honda) at 218.296 mph
· The No. 9 team was the highest-qualifying Honda team in the field
· Both cars will incur 10-spot grid penalties for engine changes prior to tomorrow’s race
Details of the Day
Engineering Team Manager, Julian Robertson: “We had the test day under our belt on Thursday, which helped a lot. At the test Dario mileaged out his engine but Scott took a 10-spot grid penalty this weekend because we had to change the engine before it reached its maximum mileage. So both cars had fresh engines heading into first practice today. Scott’s car was noticeably faster than Dario’s in practice this morning in the same configuration, which carried into qualifying today. Both drivers were flat out in qualifying and those [2-3 mph] are big speed differences. As a result we are putting in a fresh engine for Dario prior to final practice this afternoon, which will incur a 10-grid place penalty for Sunday’s race. Both cars are handling decent and we ran a lot of full tanks in the test day, so we’re hoping to have a strong final practice tonight and a strong race as a result.”
Scott Dixon: “I think that qualifying run was about what we thought it would be, which was a few miles per hour off of the Chevrolet. The other manufacturer is fast but we have a good car and I love the balance of it. We’re trimmed as much as we can be and we just put in the latest Honda engine. I can feel some difference in it but not enough to be where we need to be right now. This is such a cool place here in Pocono and I really love driving this track. The fans are amazing and I’m looking forward to a competitive event tomorrow. I hope we put on a great show for all these people.”
Dario Franchitti: “We had really good balance with the Energizer car here in Pocono today. We’re close to the same aerodynamic setup as Scott [Dixon] with the car, but just three miles per hour slower for whatever reason. We’re obviously asking Honda why that is right now and I’m pretty frustrated with that right now. I’m just trying to work as hard as I can. The Target team is working as hard as ever too, and my frustration doesn’t lie with them. It’s been pretty tough.”
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Target Chip Ganassi Racing will compete in the Pocono INDYCAR 400 at Pocono Raceway on Sunday, July 7 (12:00pm ET on ABC).
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