FRANCHITTI THIRD, DIXON 23RD AT EDMONTON INDY
Results (with starting pos.) from Edmonton
1. (2) Will Power, No 12. Honda Dallara
2. (9) Helio Castroneves, No. 3 Honda Dallara
3. (4) Dario Franchitti, No. 10 Target Honda Dallara
23. (3) Scott Dixon, No. 9 Target Honda Dallara
EDMONTON, Alberta, (July 24, 2011) – Target Chip Ganassi Racing (TCGR) driver Dario Franchitti came home third in the Edmonton Indy on Sunday afternoon in Round 11 of the IZOD IndyCar Series, while TCGR teammate Scott Dixon finished 23rd.
Franchitti started the afternoon fourth and kept the No. 10 Target Honda inside the top-four for much of the early part of the race. Following a restart on lap 30, Franchitti avoided an accident in front of him and rebounded in 10th. He worked his way back into the top-five by lap 50 of the 80-lap event. Following the team’s final green flag stop, Franchitti moved into the top-three and stayed there for the remainder of the race. Franchitti took the checkered flag third, his seventh podium finish of the year.
Dixon started the race third and ran inside the top-three throughout the first stint of the race. After a lap 26 caution, Dixon found himself fifth before an on-track incident took him out of contention and forced the Target crew to repair the car behind the wall. After spending five laps off track, Dixon returned and was able to move up three positions en route to a 23rd-place finish.
- Franchitti is the only driver to have completed every lap in the 2011 season (1398 of 1398).
- This is Franchitti’s third-consecutive top-five at Edmonton.
- Franchitti has finished in the top-five in nine out of 11 races (82%) this season.
- Franchitti now has 10 top-10s in 2011 (91%).
- Franchitti has led in seven races this year, tying him with Will Power for the most races led this season.
Franchitti now has a 38 point lead over Power in the IZOD IndyCar Series standings with 388 points. Dixon remains third in the standings, 106 points behind Franchitti.
Up next for Team Target is Round 12 of the IZOD IndyCar Series at Mid-Ohio for the Honda Indy 200 on Sunday, August 7th (2:00 p.m. ET, Versus).
Dario Franchitti: "My car was very strong today. The Target car was quick in clean air and we moved from 10th to third. It could have been better but Power and Castroneves drove clean races. I think the Target car was quicker but they had the track position. I was going as quick as I could behind Helio but he was very strong on the brakes right behind Will. Not a bad day for the Championship so I am pleased with my finish.”
Scott Dixon: "It was a tough day for the No. 9 Target team today. We had a good start and I think we had the pace to contend for the win. Unfortunately we didn't get a chance to show that speed. It was one of those deals where I could see it happening in my mirror but couldn't get out of the way. We just can't buy a break I guess."