DIXON THIRD, FRANCHITTI FOURTH IN QUALIFYING
Target Chip Ganassi Racing Edmonton Day-End Report
IZOD IndyCar Series Qualifying for the Edmonton Indy
P1 Takuma Sato (No. 5 Honda) at 1:18.5156 seconds.
P2 Will Power (No. 12 Honda) at 1:18.5674 seconds.
P3 Scott Dixon (No. 9 Target Honda) at 1:18.6442 seconds.
P4 Dario Franchitti (No. 10 Target Honda) at 1:18.6628 seconds.
• Scott Dixon has found success at Edmonton since his first race there during the 2008 season. In his three career starts at the Edmonton City Centre Airport, he has two wins (2008, 2010), three podiums and has never qualified outside of the top-four. His best start came in 2010 when he started third and went on to win his second race at the course. He has led 34 of the 281 laps run in his three starts and has average start of 3.7 and average finish of 1.7.
• Dario Franchitti returns to Edmonton for the third time in his career. In his two previous starts, he has picked up one podium, two top-fives and had a best finish of third in 2010. His best start at the airport circuit is fourth in 2010, but he has never qualified outside of the top-six. His average starting position is fifth, while his average finish is fourth. Franchitti has completed every lap (190 of 190) in both of the races he has started in Edmonton.
Dario Franchitti: “This track is tricky I don’t think that Scott and I are completely happy with our cars yet, so the fact that the Target cars are starting third and fourth is good for us. If we can fix some of our imbalances for tomorrow we should be in good shape. There is such a compromise between certain corners on the track and others. It make it very interesting. It is the same for everyone, I just don’t think we have got it figured out as well when it comes to car balance. We will have a busy night tonight and see if we can fix it and come out tomorrow.”
Scott Dixon: “The No. 9 car seems good. Both Target cars have been consistent and in the top-five most of the weekend and unfortunately we just didn’t have enough to get the pole. I think that Dario and myself both had the speed in the car, but it is such a tricky track you lose your speed in the last corner. It is very tough with the heavy braking especially with the tires. It’s a very technical course here. I think if I could have got Turn 11 right then I would have had the pole. I am losing time on that section and we have been trying new things to help improve. Hopefully tomorrow I can try a few different lines and see if that will help out as well.”
Target Chip Ganassi Racing will compete tomorrow, Sunday, July 24 in the Edmonton Indy (2:00 p.m. ET, VERSUS).