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08.25.14

Dixon Claims Second Win of the Season at Sonoma

IndyCar - Sonoma, CA

Results (with starting pos.) for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway
1. (3) No. 9 Target Chevrolet (Dixon)
2. (10)  No. 28 Hunter-Reay, Honda
3. (15) No. 77 Pagenaud, Honda
13. (8) No. 10 Target Chevrolet (Kanaan)

Target Chip Ganassi Racing (TCGR) drivers Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan placed first and 13th, respectively, at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California in the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma for the Verizon IndyCar Series.

Dixon started the race in third, where he stayed until his first green-flag pit stop on lap 17 of the 85-lap race. After pit stops cycled out on lap 20, Dixon moved into the second position. Dixon decided to stay out during the first and second cautions of the race on laps 1 and 29, instead choosing to make his first yellow-flag pit stop during the third caution on lap 37. While several cars chose not to pit under this yellow, Dixon had a great pit stop and restarted the race in seventh on lap 40. By lap 49, Dixon was back in the top-five in the fifth position. The No. 9 had moved up to second place before making his second green-flag pit stop of the day on lap 61. Dixon cycled out to fourth by lap 66, where he stayed until his TCGR teammate Kanaan was forced to give up the third position to pit for fuel lap 73. Dixon maintained third until the leader was also forced pit for fuel with four laps to go, moving the No. 9 into second place. The following lap, Dixon got a huge run and quickly took over the lead, finding himself on top of the leaderboard for the first time all afternoon. Dixon held on to first until crossing the finish line three laps later, earning his second win of the 2014 season.

Kanaan qualified eighth, but moved up to fourth on lap 5 after deciding not to pit during the first full-course caution on lap 1. Kanaan stayed in fourth until making his first green-flag pit stop of the race on lap 17 and cycling out to sixth by lap 21. The second caution of the race came out on lap 29, during which Kanaan entered the pits for tires and fuel. On lap 36, Kanaan restarted the race in the 18th position, only to have another caution come out on the same lap. After most of the field decided to pit under yellow, Kanaan took over the lead on lap 37 and restarted the race from the first position on lap 40. The No. 10 lost the lead on the restart, falling to second until losing another spot on lap 55. Kanaan made another green-flag pit stop on lap 57, but regained the third position by lap 64 after cycling through pit stops. Unfortunately. Kanaan was forced to pit for fuel on lap 73, giving up his spot in the top-five and falling to 16th place. After several more cars had to pit for fuel during the closing laps of the race, Kanaan ended up crossing the finish line in the 13th position.

With the results, Dixon moves up one position to fifth in the Verizon IndyCar Series point standings with 523 points, while Kanaan remains in seventh with 433 points.

Notes of Interest:
- This win was the 106th win for the Target Race Program
- It marked Dixon’s 35th win in Indy car racing, moving him into a tie for fifth with Bobby Unser on the all-time wins list
- The victory was Dixon’s­­­ second win at Sonoma Raceway (2007)
- This win marked TCGR’s 95th win and CGRT’s 163rd win overall
- This win marked CGRT’s third win at Sonoma Raceway (Dixon – 2007, Franchitti - 2009)
- Dixon is the only driver to have completed every lap attempted at Sonoma Raceway (800/800)
- Dixon has claimed seven straight top-10’s this season and has finished inside the top-5 in six of the last seven races
- Dixon now has 118 career top-five finishes, tying Helio Castroneves for eighth on the all-time list. The pair are the active leaders for top-five finishes

TCGR Quoteboard:

Scott Dixon, No. 9 Target Chevrolet:
"It was tough. There were so many strategies going on and they were just slightly off so I didn't know who could make it, who couldn't.  Mike Conway, I think, pushed hard to start with but then, obviously, at the end it looked like he needed to save some fuel.  I’m so excited.  This is big for our team.  We've had a pretty rough year so far but strategy was perfect.  It was a little mixed up, but I’m so happy.  We have a huge amount of Target people here this weekend.  About 400-500 people.  I’m glad we got it done for them."

Tony Kanaan, No. 10 Target Chevrolet:
"We just tried to play a little bit with our strategy to see if it was going to work and unfortunately it didn't turn out in our favor today.  It was a gamble, and if it would've worked we could've been up there celebrating with Dixie.  I'm really happy for the guys on the 9 car, especially with all of our Target guests here.  It was just one of those days for us that you just have to take and move on."

Bobby Unser:
"Scott Dixon is a very, very good driver and records are made to be broken.  I've been watching Scott race for years.  I've been watching Scott since he started racing Indy cars when he was real young and he was successful almost immediately.  He's truly a great driver and drives with a lot of vigor.  I am happy for Scott and at his young age I am sure he'll get another win or lots to pass our 35 Indy car wins we now share together.  Scott's a racer, he truly know how to drive a car, for sure.  I just wish Chip would give him a stock car, sprinter or midget to race in, I am sure he'd win in those too.  I am betting he'd win in anything he runs, if given the chance."

Up next for Target Chip Ganassi Racing is the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California on Saturday, August 30 (9:00 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network). It will be the Verizon IndyCar Series season finale.

About Chip Ganassi Racing Teams
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 four cars in the Verizon IndyCar Series, two cars in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, and one Prototype in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.  Overall his teams have 17 championships and over 160 victories, including four Indianapolis 500s, a Daytona 500, a Brickyard 400, five Rolex 24 At Daytonas and the 12 Hours of Sebring.  Ganassi boasts state-of-the-art race shop facilities in Indianapolis and Brownsburg, Ind. and Concord, N.C., with a corporate office in Pittsburgh, Pa. For more information log onto: www.chipganassiracing.com
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