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07.23.12

Franchitti Sixth, Dixon 10th for Team Target in Edmonton

IndyCar - Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Results (with starting pos.) from Edmonton:
1. (5) Helio Castroneves, No. 3 Chevrolet
2. (3) Takuma Sato, No. 15 Honda
3. (17) Will Power, No. 12 Chevrolet
6. (1) Dario Franchitti, No. 10 Target Honda
10. (18) Scott Dixon, No. 9 Target Honda

After earning his fifth consecutive front row start, Target Chip Ganassi Racing (TCGR) driver Dario Franchitti finished sixth in the Edmonton Indy from the Streets of Edmonton, while Target teammate Scott Dixon finished 10th after starting 18thfollowing a 10-place grid penalty for an engine change.

Franchitti qualified the No. 10 Target Honda second, but rolled off first for the fourth consecutive race due to a grid penalty for the pole-sitter.  At the start of the 75-lap race, Franchitti settled into second, where he ran until making his first pit stop of the day on Lap 26.  After the green-flag pit stop, Franchitti took part in a three-car battle for the lead, eventually holding on to third.  On Lap 53, the No. 10 Target Honda made its second green flag pit stop, returning to the track in sixth.  Franchitti held that spot for the remainder of the race, crossing the line in sixth.

Dixon rolled off 18th due to a grid penalty for exceeding the INDYCAR allotted five engines per season.  On Lap 17, Dixon dropped back to 20th after the anti-stall function accidentally kicked in while turning into the hairpin.  He would again start his move to the front of the field, making his first pit stop of the day from 16th.  He methodically worked his way up to 11th by his final pit stop on Lap 55.  The No. 9 Target Honda gained one more position, to finish the day in 10th.

With the results, Dixon remains fourth in the IZOD IndyCar Series point standings with 301 points, -61 points behind leader, Ryan Hunter-Reay.  Franchitti is still eighth in the standings with 258 points, -104 behind Hunter-Reay.

Honda remains second in the manufacturer point standings with 75 points, -15 markers behind Chevrolet.  Lotus is third with 44 points.

Up next for Team Target is Round 12 of the IZOD IndyCar Series with the Honda Indy 200 from Mid-Ohio, Aug. 5 at 1:00 p.m. ET on ABC. 

NOTES
- TCGR drivers have made 10 starts from the Streets of Edmonton in five races, earning two victories (2008, 2011: Dixon), five podiums, nine top-10 finishes and leading 36 laps.
  - In four starts at Edmonton, Franchitti has completed all 345 laps, earning three top-fives and four top-10 finishes.
- Franchitti earned his fifth top-10 of the season and the 154th of his Indy car career.
- With a 10th-place finish, Dixon earned his sixth top-10 of the season and the 138th of his Indy car career.
- Dixon celebrated his 32nd birthday on race day.  In 11 starts in races on or the weekend after his birthday, Dixon has accumulated three wins (Mid-Ohio: 2007; Edmonton: 2008, 2010), four podiums, eight top-10 finishes and led 66 laps.
- This is the first time the Edmonton Indy was completed caution-free.

TCGR Quoteboard:

Dario Franchitti:  “Not a great day for us really.  We missed something on the setup.  The Target car was not bad on new tires, but we had a massive imbalance there.  I’m pretty sure I know what we missed, so we’ll gather it up and head to Mid-Ohio in a few weeks.”

Scott Dixon:  “We had a problem at the start within the first five laps.  Whenever I went into the braking zones, the engine would go into neutral.  We had a little problem with the anti-stall function in practice, but then in the race it just kept doing it.  That really hurt us, especially because the race didn’t have any yellows.  When you start that far back like we did, you need to work on fuel mileage and take some chances, but we just couldn’t really go anywhere.”

About Chip Ganassi Racing Teams, Inc.
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 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 14 championships and 148 victories, including four Indianapolis 500s, a Daytona 500, a Brickyard 400 and four 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 chipganassiracing.com

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