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Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit Advance Notes
Race: Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit, June 1 & June 2
Drivers: @scottdixon9 @dariofranchitti
Cars: No. 9 Target Honda and No. 10 Suave Honda
Track: Raceway at Belle Isle Park (2.36-mile street circuit)
TV: Saturday June 1 & Sunday June 2, ABC Network (3:30 PM ET)
Social: @TCGRTeams #TeamTarget
Location: Detroit, Michigan
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You Can Hang with Dario: We want to see how you’re hanging out with the Suave Men driver this weekend. If you’re at the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit, look for Dario Franchitti Fatheads making their way around the track and tweet a picture using the hashtag #No10forSuaveMen.
Double Dual Winner Earns $50,000: INDYCAR announced that SONAX, a leading manufacturer of premium car care products worldwide, has been named its Official Automobile Detail Partner. Under the partnership, SONAX will sponsor the SONAX Perfect Finish Award – a contingency prize tied to the series’ doubleheader events starting with this weekend’s Raceway at Belle Isle Park. The SONAX Award will coincide with the launch of SONAX’s Perfect Finish polish. SONAX will award $50,000 to a driver who wins both feature races during any of the doubleheader weekends. If a driver does not win both races in any weekend, the $50,000 prize will carry over to the next doubleheader weekend to increase the award that could be worth $150,000 at Houston.
IZOD IndyCar Series Prepares for Detroit Doubleheader: The Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit will mark the first of three doubleheaders on the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series schedule. The series will race a pair of 70-lap races Saturday and Sunday on the 2.36-mile temporary street circuit, posing a unique challenge for IZOD IndyCar Series drivers and teams.
Ganassi Presents Gift to Zanardi: Last week Chip Ganassi presented the Reynard 96I/Honda that Alex Zanardi drove to victory in the CART race at Mazda Raceway in Laguna Seca in September 1996 to Zanardi during a special ceremony on the Yard of Bricks at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Zanardi passed Bryan Herta in the framed “Corkscrew” turn on the last lap for a famous victory in the car.
GRAND-AM Joins In: Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS), the No. 01 Cessna Dinan-Prepared BMW Riley and the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series will join the IZOD IndyCar Series for the second year in a row to compete in the Chevrolet GRAND-AM 200 at Belle Isle this weekend. This will mark the second GRAND-AM event at the Raceway at Belle Isle Park. The race will begin on Saturday, June 1 at 5:00 PM (ET) and will air on SPEED.
Pruett Returns for a Third Time: CGRFS GRAND-AM driver Scott Pruett qualified on the pole at the Raceway at Belle Isle Park in 1996 in the CART Series. He went on to finish 10th, completing all 72 laps and leading one. Pruett returned last year with co-driver Memo Rojas and finished third, completing all 72 laps and leading two.
Street Facts: Since 1990, TCGR has made 220 starts on street courses, earning 23 wins, 20 poles, 55 podiums and eight double podiums.
By the Numbers: In 220 total street course starts, TCGR drivers have 84 top-five finishes (35.8%) and 126 top-10 finishes (53.8%). Out of a possible 19,338 laps TCGR has led 1,788, or 9.2% of laps run on street courses since 1990.
Success at Belle Isle: In 27 starts at the Raceway at Belle Isle Park, TCGR drivers have amassed two wins (1998: Alex Zanardi; 2012: Dixon), four poles (1999: Montoya; 2000: Montoya; 2008: Dixon; 2012: Dixon), 10 top-fives and 14 top-10s.
99 Wins and Counting…: The Target Racing Program, which began with Target and Chip Ganassi Racing in 1990, is just one win shy of the 100-win plateau. The first win for the program came in 1994 with Michael’s Andretti’s Indy car victory at Surfers Paradise, Australia, when the team was merely a two-car open wheel program. Ninety-eight wins later, the program’s umbrella not only includes involvement in the IZOD IndyCar Series, but in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) and the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series. The partnership between Target and Chip Ganassi Racing is one of the longest consecutive team partnerships in motor racing history.
Follow Team Target on Twitter: Continue to follow Target Chip Ganassi Racing on their official team Twitter page. Find in-race updates and weekly news on the No.9 and No.10 teams throughout the 2013 season by following “@TCGRTeams”.
CGRT Mobile App: Download the Chip Ganassi Racing Teams mobile app for the latest driver news, event information, social media updates and exclusive content. Head to the iTunes store and check it out: http://bit.ly/YGJQxf.
TWEET OF THE WEEK
@dariofranchitti: “So happy for my brother @TonyKanaan, such a well-deserved win. Welcome to the club my friend!!! #Finally”
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW FOR DETROIT
Scott Dixon and No. 9 Target Team
Last Time in Detroit: Dixon started the race from the pole in the No. 9 Target Honda and commanded the lead through the first round of green flag pit stops on Lap 32. A two-hour red flag was called on Lap 45 to make track repairs and the race was then shortened from 90 laps to 60 laps. Dixon led the restart with 13 laps to go as rain began to fall on portions of the course. Two additional cautions came out before Dixon was able to take the checkered flag for his first win on the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series season.
IMS Race Rewind: Dixon started the race on the inside of the sixth row after qualifying the No. 9 Target Honda 16th on the 2.5-mile oval track. By lap 20 of 200, Dixon was able to work his way up to 12th. On lap 32, the No. 9 car pit for the first time after being able to stay out longer than the leaders. On a lap 44 restart, Dixon jumped from 17th to 13th. On lap 92, the No. 9 team pit for a front wing adjustment. With 55 laps to go Dixon struggled with understeer and balance while in 12th position. In the final stages of the race the No. 9 car experienced a shifting issue with the left paddle shifter on the steering wheel, relegating the team to a 14-place result.
Career at Belle Isle: In four starts at the Raceway at Belle Isle Park, Dixon has one win (2012), two poles, two top-fives and three top-10 finishes. His best start and finish came last year where he started on the pole and led all 60 laps to finish first.
Strong on the Streets: In 47 starts on street courses, Dixon has three wins, two poles, nine podiums and 17 top-fives and 21 top-10 finishes. His last victory on a street course came at last year’s Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix.
In the Points: With the results in Indianapolis, Dixon is now in eighth in the IZOD IndyCar point standings with 122 points, -46 points behind leader Marco Andretti.
The Ice Man Returns: The two-time IZOD IndyCar Series Champion (2003, 2008) and 2008 Indianapolis 500 Winner returns in 2013 for his fifth season alongside four-time Champion (2007, 2009, 2010, 2011) and three-time Indianapolis 500 Winner (2007, 2010, 2012) Franchitti. Dixon is tied with Rick Mears for 10th place on the all-time Indy car wins list (1909-Present) with 29 victories and is tied with Bobby Rahal and Rex Mays for 16th on the all-time poles list with 18.
Go with What you Know: 2013 marks Dixon’s 12th year with Team Target – the longest tenure for any driver in team history (1990-Present).
Dario Franchitti and No. 10 Suave Team
Last Time in Detroit: Franchitti started 14th in the No. 10 Suave Honda and passed four cars on the opening lap to take 10th. On lap 24 while trying to pass a slowing car, Franchitti clipped his left front wing on the right-rear of the slowing car. Three laps later, on lap 27, Franchitti made a scheduled pit stop. His crew surveyed the front wing damage and decided it would not impact him finishing the event, but made adjustments to the damaged front wing. After the track repairs, Franchitti restarted in sixth. On the lap 50 restart, Franchitti gained additional ground to sit in second when another caution flew on Lap 51. He restarted second on lap 54 and followed Dixon across the finish line six laps later.
IMS Race Rewind: Franchitti started the race in the middle of the sixth row after qualifying the No. 10 Target Honda 17th. On lap 11 of 200, the No. 10 car was able to make some ground and drove up to 11th. On lap 22, Franchitti reported picking up understeer and waited until lap 32 to pit for the first time. On lap 52, Franchitti reported that the car had mid-corner understeer and waited for the tires to come in. Halfway through the fuel run Franchitti pitted from 17th for a third time on lap 93 to make a front wing adjustment. With 55 laps to go the No. 10 car still struggled with understeer and balance in 18th. With 27 laps to go Franchitti worked his way up to ninth, but with five laps to go under a caution, the No. 10 car had contact with the wall to finish 23rd.
Career at Belle Isle: In seven starts at the Raceway at Belle Isle Park, Franchitti has one win (1999), five top-five and six top-10 finishes. He has led 44 laps at the course and has completed 524 of a possible 525 laps.
King of the Streets: Franchitti has participated in 70 street course races, earning 11 victories, 12 poles, 25 podiums, 34 top-five and 46 top-10 finishes. He has completed 5,157 of the 6,075 laps run on street courses and has led 821 laps, which is 13.5% of all the laps completed on street courses during his career.
In the Points: With the results in Indianapolis, Franchitti moved to 17th in the points, -87 markers behind leader Marco Andretti.
Rarified Air: Dario is one of only five drivers to win the Indianapolis 500 and the series title in the same season more than once. By winning the 2012 Indianapolis 500, he became just the 10th driver in history to win the race three times.
ONE TEAM, SIX CARS, THREE SERIES
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 three cars 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 15 championships and over 150 victories, including four Indianapolis 500s, a Daytona 500, a Brickyard 400 and five 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: www.chipganassiracing.com