Team Target Claims Two Top-Five Finishes at Milwaukee 2014
IndyCar - Milwaukee, WI
1. (1) No. 12 Power, Chevrolet
2. (3) No. 2 Montoya, Chevrolet
3. (2) No. 10, Huggies Chevrolet (Kanaan)
4. (11) No. 9 Target Chevrolet (Dixon)
Target Chip Ganassi Racing (TCGR) drivers Tony Kanaan and Scott Dixon placed third and fourth, respectively, at the Milwaukee Mile in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the ABC Supply Wisconsin 250 for the Verizon IndyCar Series.
Dixon started mid-pack in 11th place, but moved into the top-10 by lap three of the 250 lap race. Dixon stayed in the 10th position until pitting under green on lap 56 and cycled back out to ninth by lap 65. On lap 105, Dixon pitted to get out of slower traffic and moved up to the fourth spot after the field cycled through pit stops on lap 122. After the first caution of the race was displayed on lap 132, Dixon fell to sixth after pitting while several other cars stayed on the track. He moved back up to fourth on lap 189 before making his final pit stop on lap 192. The team then cycled back out to the fifth position by lap 195. With 14 laps to go, the No. 9 car moved into the fourth position after the third-place car came down pit road for fuel. Dixon would stay in fourth for the rest of the race, claiming his ninth top-five finish of the season.
Kanaan started on the front row in second place, where he stayed until the first round of green-flag pit stops on lap 58. He then cycled out to third after pitting, but moved back into second by lap 64. On lap 66, Kanaan made a side-by-side challenge for the lead, but was unable to complete the pass. However, after the second set of green-flag pit stops ended on lap 122, Kanaan took over the lead. The No. 10 led for 11 laps until the first caution of the race came out on lap 132. Kanaan lost three positions during pit stops after several cars decided to pit, restarting the race in the fourth position on lap 141. Kanaan gained two positions on the restart and moved back up to second by lap 142. The No. 10 took back over first place on lap 188 after the leader pitted under green, where he stayed until entering pit road for his final stop on lap 192. Kanaan cycled back out to fourth by lap 195 before moving into third with 14 laps remaining. He would stay in third for the rest of the race, picking up his fifth podium finish of the season.
With the results, Dixon is sixth in the Verizon IndyCar Series point standings with 472 points, while Kanaan moves up two positions to seventh with 425 points.
Notes of Interest:
· Dixon has finished inside the top-10 in nine of the last 11 races at Milwaukee
· Kanaan has finished inside the top-five in seven out his last 10 starts Milwaukee
· This is Kanaan’s fifth podium at Milwaukee and fifth podium of the season
· This is the ninth time Dixon has finished inside the top-five so far this season
· Kanaan led 14 laps and both drivers stayed in the top-10 for the majority of the race
· Dixon and Kanaan now each have 117 career top-five finishes, remaining tied for ninth place overall and second place among active drivers on the all-time Indy car top-five list
Scott Dixon, No. 9 Target Chevrolet:
"I hope we put on a good show for the fans today. The Target team was strong and the car was good all day. We got caught in slower traffic and we pit out of sequence to try and make some time, but in the end it didn't work out."
Tony Kanaan, No. 10 Glad Chevrolet:
"Good run. Not what we wanted; I thought we had a car to win the race. I think we missed a little bit on the set up. I've got to thank Target and Huggies and Chevrolet. I want to thank the fans for coming. I hope you guys enjoyed this race. I love Milwaukee. I love this race track. It was a fun race. Obviously, we're still looking for that first win so third place is not bad. Not bad for the Championship. Let's go to Sonoma now."
Up next for Target Chip Ganassi Racing is the Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway on Sunday, August 24 (4:00 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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