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07.23.14

Kanaan Leads Team Target with Two Podiums in Toronto

IndyCar - Toronto, Canada

Results (with starting pos.) for the Honda Indy Toronto Race 1
1. (1) No. 11 Bourdais, Chevrolet
2. (2) No. 3 Castroneves, Chevrolet
3. (5) No. 10 Target Chevrolet (Kanaan)
5. (9) No. 9 Target Chevrolet (Dixon)

Results (with starting pos.) for the Honda Indy Toronto Race 2
1. (11) No. 20 Conway, Chevrolet
2. (9) No. 10 Target Chevrolet (Kanaan)
3. (2) No. 12 Power, Chevrolet
7. (7) No. 9 Target Chevrolet (Dixon)

Target Chip Ganassi Racing (TCGR) driver Tony Kanaan finished third and second, while Scott Dixon finished fifth and seventh, respectively, in the Honda Indy Toronto Race 1 and Race 2 on the Streets of Toronto for the Verizon IndyCar Series.

Race 1

Dixon started the first race in ninth place and had moved up to seventh on the start prior to an accident and a red flag.  He was able to move up to fifth position after a caution on lap 16 of 65, where he stayed until he entered the pits on lap 34.  After he exited the pits in seventh, he gained two spots by lap 40 to claim fifth.  Dixon was able to maintain fifth for the remainder of the race.

Kanaan began the first race in fifth and picked up a spot on the start moving up to fourth.  After he entered the pits on lap 34 in second place, he fell back to fifth when he exited.  Kanaan moved up to third place by lap 42 and was able to hold his positon to finish in third.

Race 2

Dixon began the second race of the day in seventh place.  By lap six of 56, he had moved up to sixth place.  He entered the pits on lap 15 and exited in seventh after he switched to rain tires.  Dixon moved up to third by lap 23.  He entered the pits on lap 45 to fill up on fuel and switch back to alternate tires and exited in 10th place.  On lap 51, he was able to find his way through a pileup involving several cars to maintain 10th position.  On lap 52 the field was stopped for a red flag, and after the restart Dixon was able to move up into seventh place and claimed his fourth consecutive top-10 finish.

Kanaan began the second race in the ninth position and slid off course on the first lap of the race.  He fell back to 23rd position while the No. 10 car was restarted, but became the first to switch to rain tires and was able to move up to eight place by lap 17.  By lap 23, he was up to third place.  He fell to eighth place after a lap 45 pit stop where he switched back to alternate tires, but was able to move back up to third by lap 51.  Kanaan moved to second after the lap 52 restart and was able to sustain a second place finish.  The finish marked his third-straight podium finish.

With the results, Dixon is sixth in the Verizon IndyCar Series point standings with 387 points, while Kanaan is in eighth with 380 points.

Notes of Interest:

- Kanaan's second-place finish in Race 2 marked his best of the season.
- Kanaan finished on the podium in both races.

TCGR Quoteboard:

Tony Kanaan, No. 10 Target Chevrolet – Race 1:
“It was a tough race obviously and I think Bourdais was in a class of his own and we really didn’t have anything for him.  I tried to battle Helio and Hunter-Reay for the podium and actually Pagenaud too there in the end.  Overall a podium is a good result and I have to thank Chevy and Target for all the support and the opportunity.”

Tony Kanaan, No. 10 Target Chevrolet – Race 2:
“We chose at the beginning of the race to run a rain set-up because we knew the rain was coming.  So on the last restart I knew that I was a little bit of a sitting duck.  I have to thank Target and Chevy.  I think it was 1-2-3 for Chevy again.   It has been a great weekend and I made a really bad mistake and I got too excited at the start of the race.  One of my typical starts, I made a mistake and I had to catch up.   I didn’t want to come back and look at Chip, and I hate when I make mistakes.  So we made it up and the team did a great job on the stops and I just got too excited on the start and got sideways.  I don’t know if the 24 bumped me a little bit, but it was a hell of a race and a good week with a third and a second.  We are getting closer and closer.”

Scott Dixon, No. 9 Target Chevrolet – Race 1:
“It wasn’t too bad of a race for the Target team.  We gained a few spots there at the beginning but the car was very loose and we tried to make a change to help it on the one stop that we had.  I don’t think we were aggressive enough on the change but it was ok for the first five or 10 laps and then we struggled with the rear tires.  Overall third and fifth isn’t bad for Team Target.”

Scott Dixon, No. 9 Target Chevrolet – Race 2:
"It wasn't the result we had hoped for but we were in a good position most of the day.  The Target cars were fast and we were running three-four there behind the Penske cars and it was shaping up to be a showdown.  We got caught up in the wreck at the end which dropped us back, but we kept the car running so it could have been much worse I guess."

Up next for Target Chip Ganassi Racing is the Honda Indy at Mid-Ohio on Sunday, August 3 (3:00 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network).

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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