TEAM TARGET DAY-END REPORT AT BALTIMORE
Target Chip Ganassi Racing - End of Day Report - Baltimore
IZOD IndyCar Series race results for the Grand Prix of Baltimore
Race Results (with starting position)
1. Simon Pagenaud, No.77 Honda (3)
2. Josef Newgarden, No. 67 Honda (5)
3. Sebastien Bourdais, No.7 Chevrolet (22)
19. Scott Dixon. No.9 Target Honda (1)
21. Dario Franchitti, No.10 Cessna Honda (24)
Dario Franchitti: “We had an engine change this morning. But, you have to say thanks to Honda because they keep pushing and they keep pushing hard to try and find those performance advantages, but it just went wrong this morning. This afternoon, after about six laps, the brake pedal went to the floor both in Turn 1 and Turn 12. Then we came in and bled the brakes. It was okay until we got them hot again and then it did exactly the same thing. So, there’s obviously a problem because I generally don’t use the brakes that often.”
Scott Dixon: “The No. 15 should have received a penalty [for spinning us] and the No. 4 car passed us on a yellow. So that restart near the end was a complete bosh. On the restart I had an overtake advantage on Power, it must have been in fourth-gear, so they can’t complain about wheel spin. Then I got beside him and he ran me straight into the wall. Then, they wouldn’t bring the car back. [Race Director] Beaux needs to be fired. He was a complete idiot today.”
- Franchitti retired early in the event due to a brake problem
- Dixon was pushed into the wall on a late-race restart and taken out of the event by the No. 12 car
IZOD IndyCar Series Point Standings
1. Helio Castroneves 501
2. Scott Dixon -49
7. Dario Franchitti -113
Up next, Target Chip Ganassi Racing will compete in Rounds 17 and 18 of the IZOD IndyCar Series with the The Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston in Houston, Texas, on Saturday, October 5 and Sunday, October 6 (3:00pm ET on NBC Sports Network).
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Dixon Claims Pole at Baltimore (Target Chip Ganassi Racing - End of Day Report - Baltimore)
IZOD IndyCar Series practice and qualifying for the Grand Prix of Baltimore
P1 Scott Dixon (No.9 Honda)
P2 Will Power (No.12 Chevrolet)
P3 Simon Pagenaud (No.77 Honda)
*P15 Dario Franchitti (No.10 Honda)
* The No. 10 team qualified 15th but will start at the rear of the field after making an engine change.
P1 Simon Pagenaud (No.77 Honda) at 1:18.439 sec
P2 Scott Dixon (No.9 Honda) at 1:18.548 sec
P3 Will Power (No.12 Chevrolet) at 1:18.582 sec
P13 Dario Franchitti (No.10 Honda) at 1:19.128 mph
Scott Dixon: “I feel so happy for Team Target, they did a hell of a good job. We had a sensor failure in Q2, which almost knocked us out. Big thanks to Honda for figuring it out and fixing that in Q3. The car’s been quick all week. I actually made a few mistakes on that lap and we were still able to pull it out. It’s a good place to start here at Baltimore, and hopefully the weather stays good and clean tomorrow. It’s going to be a tight race.”
Dario Franchitti: "The Cessna car did not actually feel that bad. That's what I just said to my engineer Chris, it's not like there's one area where you can say it was particularly bad or, 'Hey, the balance was out.' It was everywhere. I actually drove a pretty decent lap, that first quick-lap on reds, but it wasn't quite quick enough so I'm not quite sure right now exactly where I'm going to pick it up. We have Scott's data to look at and see if I can learn something from that but I'm just struggling with it. Like I said, it felt decent, so it's a little confusing."
• Today’s Baltimore pole is Dixon’s 20th career IZOD IndyCar Series pole.
• With this pole, Dixon is now tied for 14th on the all-time list with Gordon Johncock with 20.
• Today’s pole marks Dixon’s first career pole in Baltimore.
• It is TCGR’s first pole on the Streets of Baltimore.
• Today’s pole is the 82nd in Indy car racing for TCGR.
• This is TCGR’s 23rd pole on a street course.
Target Chip Ganassi Racing - End of Day Report - Baltimore
IZOD IndyCar Series practice for the Grand Prix of Baltimore
P1 Will Power (No.12 Chevrolet) at 1:20.863 sec
P2 E.J. Viso (No.5 Chevrolet) at 1:21.125 sec
P3 Oriol Servia (No.22 Chevrolet) at 1:21.297 sec
P5 Scott Dixon (No.9 Honda) at 1:21.324 sec
P22 Dario Franchitti (No.10 Honda) at 1:23.479 sec
P1 Tristan Vautier (No.55 Honda) at 1:19.479 sec
P2 Graham Rahal (No.15 Honda) at 1:19.563 sec
P3 Josef Newgarden (No.67 Honda) at 1:19.666 sec
P4 Scott Dixon (No.9 Honda) at 1:19.702 sec
P10 Dario Franchitti (No.10 Honda) at 1:20.197 sec
Details of the Day
Managing Director, Mike Hull: “Baltimore is a great example of what a real street event should be. It really has everything you could imagine. We bring every mechanical grip engineer on staff to try and help us with the overall grip level to keep the car on the track. It’s really up to the driver to determine the lines they need for their fastest lap. That combination of mechanical grip and engineering is what will get you over the bumps and to the front here.”
Dario Franchitti: “Obviously this morning’s first practice session was a bit of a non-issue after the sensor issue we had on the throttle. This afternoon the Cessna car wasn’t too bad. We still have a lot of work to do. We definitely made progress every run thus far, and it’s really bumpy out there. But it’s the same for everyone.”
Scott Dixon: “I think the main thing about today is that we didn’t take a set of new tires at the end of the second practice session like a lot of other teams did. We didn’t do a lot of running overall today, just about 12 laps or so. We worked on overall balance of the car and I’m reasonably happy to this point with the Target car. We’ll stay after it and hopefully have a good result in qualifying tomorrow.”
• The No. 10 car encountered a sensor issue with the throttle in practice 1 which limited the team to only running five laps
• The No. 9 car had slight left-rear contact with the wall in the opening session, but continued
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Target Chip Ganassi Racing will compete in the Grand Prix of Baltimore in Baltimore, Maryland, on Sunday, September 1 (2:00pm ET on NBC Sports Network).
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