Dixon and Franchitti Earn Podium Finishes at Barber Motorsports Park
Results (with starting pos.) from Barber Motorsports Park
1. (1) Will Power, No. 12 Honda Dallara
2. (3) Scott Dixon, No. 9 Target Honda Dallara
3. (7) Dario Franchitti, No. 10 Clorox Honda Dallara
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (April 10, 2011) – Target Chip Ganassi Racing drivers earned a double-podium finish at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama on Sunday with Scott Dixon second and Dario Franchitti third. The result marked TCGR’s 26th double-podium and the 10th since the duo became teammates in 2009.
Franchitti started the race in seventh and passed his way up into the top-five by lap 10. After a caution on lap 36, Franchitti made a pass on the No. 6 car for third position. He kept a spot in the top-three for the remainder of the race and went on to finish third.
Dixon started the race in third position and ran as high as second over the 90-lap race. He recorded the fastest lap of the event on lap 73 with a time of 73.866 seconds en route to a second-place finish behind race winner Will Power.
- This was Franchitti’s second visit to Barber Motorsports Park and his second podium finish
- Franchitti has two podiums through two rounds this season (first, third)
- Dixon jumped from 16th to fourth in the standings with his runner-up finish
With the results, Franchitti is second in the IZOD IndyCar Series point standings with 87 (-7 to Power), while Dixon stands fourth with 54 markers.
Up next for Team Target is Round 3 of the IZOD IndyCar Series at the Toyota Grand Prix on the Streets of Long Beach Sunday, April 17th (3:30 p.m. ET, VERSUS).
Dario Franchitti: “It's like we said last year, every point, whether it's St. Pete, here or the last race, you have to fight for every position. To get from seventh to third was a good team effort for the Target team today.”
Scott Dixon: “It was a tough day for us. We cruised around and saved a bit of fuel and I gave it all I could with Will Power. I was trying to give as much pressure as I could on the restart with 20 laps to go and he just didn’t give any. It was an overall good day for Target and we earned ourselves some points. It seems like St. Pete is a bit of a race that we shouldn't have turned up to, because it wouldn't have mattered points-wise. It's nice to get on the points table here. It's going to take a long time to try to regain what we lost at St. Pete with the competition being so tough and with Will and Dario finishing so high every time.”