Team Target Comes Up Just Short on the Streets of Long Beach
IndyCar - Long Beach, CA
1. (17) No. 20 Conway, Chevrolet
2. (14) No. 12 Power, Chevrolet
3. (11) No 3. Munoz, Honda
12. (7) No. 9 Target Chevrolet (Dixon)
18. (13) No. 10 Target Chevrolet (Kanaan)
Target Chip Ganassi Racing (TCGR) drivers Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan finished 12th and 18th, respectively, on the streets of Long Beach, Calif. in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach for the Verizon IndyCar Series.
Dixon lost a position off the line in the first standing start of the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series, but ran strong up until the first caution on lap 27 of the 80-lap race when a car spun on the 1.968-mile track. He took advantage of the leaders pitting right away and stayed out to lead a few laps before coming in for his first pit stop on lap 30, switching to primary tires. The No. 9 was solid for the next 10 laps, but was put on hold when a competitor in the tire wall brought out the second of the race’s four cautions. After switching back to alternate tires, Dixon worked his way back up into the top-10, placing him in the perfect spot to claim the top spot when the pack of leaders collided ahead of him. He spent the rest of the race fighting off heavy pressure, and collided with a car in his blind spot who was trying to pass on the outside on lap 65. No damage was sustained on the No. 9, and Dixon continued to hold off his pursuers, who were on much fresher tires. Due to an alternate pit strategy, the team was unable to get to the finish line, and with two laps remaining Dixon was forced to pit from the lead, settling for a 12th-place finish.
Kanaan dropped a few positions early following the standing start, coming in on lap 11 to switch to alternate tires and load up on fuel. He continued to wrestle a loose No. 10 car, getting a break with the first caution on lap 27, which provided the team with extra time to adjust the car in the pits. The changes paid off, and Kanaan worked his way up into the top-five by the time he took his second stop on lap 55. Shortly after exiting the pits, Kanaan had unavoidable contact while coming around a blind corner into a multi-car accident. He sustained heavy damage to the front end of the No. 10 Target Chevrolet, which took him out of the race.
With the results, Dixon is sixth in the Verizon IndyCar Series point standings with 51 points, while Kanaan stands 11th with 40 points. Chevrolet maintains the lead in the engine manufacturer points with 246.
- Kanaan was caught up in a mid-race accident that ended his day
- Dixon was leading the final stages of the race but had to pit for fuel as he ended up a lap short on an alternate strategy
Scott Dixon, No. 9 Team Target Chevrolet:
“It was a tough situation for the Target team to be in there leading at the end and not make it. We ended up being about a half of a lap short on fuel and didn’t get a break with a yellow flag. We could have stayed out and tried it but then we would have risked running out of fuel and wrecking the field. I feel bad for the accident with Justin Wilson. I didn’t expect him to be there on the outside so I will go talk to him. Not the day we wanted but we’ll regroup and be ready for Barber.”
Tony Kanaan, No. 10 Team Target Chevrolet:
“My wrist is a little sore from the accident. It’s a shame for the Target team. They told me to take it easy on the radio when the accident happened but I guess I didn’t take it easy enough. I didn’t expect to have four cars there and when Sato hit, I couldn’t avoid it. It’s a shame overall but we were up there and what ever happened there in front of us today didn’t look smart.”
Up next for Target Chip Ganassi Racing is the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park on Sunday, April 27 (2:30 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 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, Penn. For more information log onto: www.chipganassiracing.com
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