TEAM TARGET HEADS TO IOWA
Race: Iowa Corn Indy 250 (Saturday June 25th at 8:00 PM ET, Versus)
Track: Iowa Speedway (.875 mile oval)
Location: Newton, IA
Follow TCGR on Twitter: Follow @TCGRTeams for official updates from Target Chip Ganassi Racing.
Managing Director Mike Hull on Iowa: “Iowa is a fantastic place to race as it demonstrates why Indy Car Racing is synonymous with Oval Racing. It’s a very representative oval as it takes the short track aspect but adds big banking. Iowa demonstrates the driver’s skill set at very high speeds viewed by passionate spectators. Scott and Dario will cover a lot of ground quickly as you will see. For the first time, the race will be under the lights on Saturday night, so the set-up for us will be totally different, and our thought is that the racing due to the increased night-time grip level will even be closer. Watch us on Versus this week.”
Oval History: The IZOD IndyCar Series will be returning to ovals for the fourth time in 2011. TCGR has recorded 44 of their 83 wins (52%) on ovals with drivers Jimmy Vasser, Alex Zanardi, Juan Pablo Montoya, Bruno Junqueira, Jeff Ward, Dan Wheldon, Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti.
TCGR History at Iowa: In TCGR’s eight starts at Iowa Speedway, they have an average starting position of 3.5 and an average finishing position of 7.0, which includes two wins (Wheldon-2008, Franchitti-2009) and two poles (Dixon-2007/2008).
Scott Dixon and the No. 9 Target Team
Follow Scott on Twitter: Follow @scottdixon9 for all the happenings and inside information on the driver of the No. 9 Indy car for Target Chip Ganassi Racing.
Climbing Up the Ladder: With his next victory, Dixon will move into a tie with Roger Ward for 11th on the all-time Indy car wins list with 26.
Iowa History: In four career starts at Iowa, Dixon has recorded two poles (2007, 2009), two-top-fives, four top-10s, and has led 32 laps. He has an average finish of 6.2 and an average start of 1.8 at the .875-mile oval. Dixon is the only driver to finish every race at Iowa inside the top-10.
In The Points: Dixon fell one position in the IZOD IndyCar Series point standings after the Milwaukee 225. He is now fourth in points, 76 behind co-leaders Dario Franchitti and Will Power.
Last Weekend: Dixon started the Milwaukee 225 in third and ran inside the top-five for much of the early going in the 225-lap race. After another car missed its stall and had contact with Dixon during the first round of pit stops, the No. 9 Target team battled back to re-gain the lost positions and quickly re-entered the top-10. Despite having minor wing damage, Dixon drove his way up to seventh and maintained his top-10 spot for the remainder of the race to finish seventh.
Seeking Victory: With a victory in 2011, Dixon will extend his streak of consecutive seasons with a win to seven. Dixon currently has 26 wins across 14 different tracks.
Dario Franchitti and the No. 10 Suave Team
Follow Dario on Twitter: Follow @dariofranchitti for all the happenings and inside information on the driver of the No. 10 Indy car for Target Chip Ganassi Racing.
Tying a Legend: Franchitti’s win at Milwaukee was the 29th of his Indy car career, moving him into a tie with four-time Indianapolis 500 Winner Rick Mears for ninth on the all-time Indy car wins list. Rick Mears amassed his victories (22 CART, 7 USAC) in much the same manner as Franchitti, on a variety of ovals and road courses. Mears won his first Indy car race at the Milwaukee Mile on June 18, 1978. Greg Moore, Franchitti’s good friend who was fatally injured in an Oct. 31, 1999, racing incident, also won his first Indy car race at the Mile on June 1, 1997. Franchitti is now two wins shy of tying Sebastien Bourdais and Paul Tracy for eighth on the all-time list with 31.
Franchitti Hits the Century Mark: Franchitti’s recent victory at Milwaukee was not only his 29th career win, but also his 100th career top-five in Indy car racing. Out of his 223 starts, Franchitti has finished in the top-five 45% of the time.
Iowa History: Franchitti, a two-time Iowa winner, will be making his fourth start in the Hawkeye state. In his three previous starts, Franchitti has earned two top-fives and two top-10s to accompany his two wins in 2007 and 2009. Franchitti has also led 233 laps, has an average finish of 6.7 and has an average start of 4.0.
Pacing the Field: There have been a total of 1,000 laps run at Iowa Speedway since the inaugural race in 2007. Franchitti has led 233 of these laps (23.3%) making him the all-time lap leader in Indy car at Iowa. He has done this despite missing the race in 2008 due to his commitments in NASCAR with Chip Ganassi Racing.
Odds Over Evens: Franchitti has won every race run during the odd numbered years at the Rusty Wallace-built Iowa Speedway dating back to 2007.
In The Points: Franchitti currently sits in a tie with Will Power for the points lead in the IZOD IndyCar series standings with 271 markers.
Honda Power: The Honda engine that Dario Franchitti drove to his win at the Milwaukee Mile is the same engine that raced in the Indianapolis 500 and both of the Firestone Twin 275s. That would give the engine two wins and a total 1,475 miles run without a rebuild. Traditionally, a race engine is rebuilt after 1,400 miles.
Last Weekend: Franchitti began the Milwaukee 225 from the pole and put the No. 10 Downy Honda Dallara into the lead on the first lap in turn one. He went on to lead the first 115 laps before settling in inside the top-three. Then on a restart with 20 laps to go, Franchitti re-gained the lead and began to pull away from the field. After leading 161 of the 225-lap event, Franchitti took the checkered ahead Chip Ganassi Racing driver Graham Rahal by 1.4271 seconds.
Climbing the Ranks: Franchitti currently sits tied for ninth on the All-Time Career Poles list with Paul Tracy at 25 after winning the pole at Milwaukee. Franchitti earned his first pole in 1997 in Toronto.
Boston.com Blog: Stay up-to-date with Franchitti by following his blog on Boston.com. He gives fans a rare glimpse into the lifestyle of the reigning series champion. The blog runs each Tuesday following an IZOD IndyCar Series event.