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TEAM TARGET CLAIMS THREE TOP-10 FINISHES AT BELLE ISLE

Posted: June 02, 2014
Results (with starting pos.) from Belle Isle Race 1
1. (19) No. 12 Power, Chevrolet
2. (4) No. 15 Rahal, Honda
3. (6) No. 10 Energizer Chevrolet (Kanaan)
11. (10) No. 9 Target Chevrolet (Dixon)


Results (with starting pos.) from Belle Isle Race 2
1. (3) No. 3 Castroneves, Chevrolet
2. (8) No. 12 Power, Chevrolet
3. (20) No. 83 Kimball, Chevrolet
4. (22) No. 9 Target Chevrolet (Dixon)
9. (17) No. 10 Energizer Chevrolet (Kanaan)


DETROIT, Mich. (June 2, 2014) – Target Chip Ganassi Racing (TCGR) drivers Tony Kanaan and Scott Dixon finished third and 11th, respectively, at Belle Isle in the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit Race 1 and ninth and fourth, respectively, in Race 2 for the Verizon IndyCar Series.

Dual 1
Dixon started race in 10th position. Losing a spot as the first caution came out on lap 6 of 70, Dixon worked his way up to eighth by the time the second caution came out on lap 16. Two laps later he pitted, exiting in 10th after taking four tires and fuel. The No. 9 then charged to the front, making its way up to third place before the third caution on lap 37. The field returned to green on lap 45 and Dixon stayed out to lead a lap before taking his second pit stop on lap 48, taking fuel only. A fourth caution came on lap 55, and two laps later Dixon had to pit from 12th for tires in order to finish the race. When the race went green with 10 laps to go, the No. 9 was in 15th place, but the fresh tires allowed Dixon to pick up four spots before the finish, ending the race in 11th.

Kanaan started the race in eighth place. He picked up three spots in the opening lap, moving into fifth. The No. 10 held position through the first caution on lap six, but lost a couple of spots before the second caution of the race. Kanaan pitted under yellow from seventh place and lost six more spots upon exiting, falling to 13th for the restart on lap 21. He continued to fight, taking another pit stop on lap 33 and then moving up a few spots while under caution on lap 37 as some of the leaders pitted, restarting on lap 45 in ninth. Kanaan made his way up the pack, making his final pit stop just before a caution came out on lap 55. Kanaan restarted on lap 60 in fourth. He passed one car but was unable to catch the leaders, finishing the day in third place.

Dual 2
Dixon started the race at the very back of the field in 22nd position. A three-car pileup brought out a caution on the very first lap of the 70-lap race, and Dixon two laps later to top off fuel and switch from alternate to primary tires. He exited the pits in 16th and started gaining positions when the race went green again on the fifth lap. By the time the second caution was drawn by a stopped car on lap 11, the No. 9 was up to 12th. Dixon stayed out this time, moving him up to eighth for the restart on lap 15. He continued to work his way through the field, pitting again on lap 29 from second place. Dixon held his ground all the way through his next pit stop on lap 49, and continued pressuring the leaders upon exiting. A caution on lap 59 cut down the leader’s nine-second lead. When the race restarted on lap 63, Dixon dropped two positions after having his brakes start to fade, entering the final caution on lap 64 in fifth. The race restarted with three laps to go, and Dixon picked up a spot before taking the checkered flag, finishing in fourth.

Kanaan started the race in 17th place. He picked up two spots in the opening lap of the race and then pitted with teammate Dixon under caution on the third lap. After restarting 15th on lap 5, Kanaan worked his way up to 11th by the time the second caution came out on lap 11. He restarted in fifth position, holding position through pit rotations as he came in for a second time on lap 25, and then stopped again on lap 47, this time exiting in 13th place. By the lap 59 caution, the No. 10 was up to 10th place. Kanaan held his ground until making a move up to the ninth spot on lap 64, which is where he would finish.

With the results, Dixon is eighth in the Verizon IndyCar Series point standings with 184 points, while Kanaan is in 12th with 161 points.

Notes of Interest:

- Dixon lost his brakes on the second to last restart and dropped positions on track as a result in Dual 2

- Kanaan’s finish marked the best of the season for the No. 10 team in Dual 1

TCGR Dual 1 Quoteboard:

Tony Kanaan, No. 10 Energizer Chevrolet: “The team did a great job. I’ve got to thank the Energizer guys for doing such a great job, but you can’t be happy finishing third. We want to win, so we’re working towards that. It was a great race for us. We got great restarts, great pit stops, plus the strategy played out in our favor big time. We have tonight to work on the car and then tomorrow I want to put that thing in P1. You know the Energizer car has a pretty good history of winning with Dixon and Dario, so I’ve got to keep it up.”

Scott Dixon, No. 9 Target Chevrolet: “I guess we never really ended up in the right position. It was just one of those days for the Target team unfortunately. We had a decent car but that long yellow toward the end of the race just killed us. I'm not sure why it took so long to get back to green. At the end my tires were falling off really bad so we had to pit for tires just to have a chance. We'll talk about it tonight and be ready for qualifying tomorrow."

TCGR Dual 2 Quoteboard:

Scott Dixon, No. 9 Target Chevrolet: “A huge credit to the Target team coming from dead last to fourth. That's a huge accomplishment. We had some brake issues on the second to last restart and that cost us in the end. Overall a good day and the team did a good job on strategy."

 “We had a decent Energizer car but we really weren’t in the mix today. We had a great result yesterday in the first of the doubleheaders but today they race just didn’t work out the way we wanted it to. On to Texas.”

Up next for Target Chip Ganassi Racing is the Firestone 600 at Texas Motor on Saturday, June 7 (8:00 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network).