DIXON 2ND, FRANCHITTI 13TH AT ST. PETE
(with starting pos.) from St. Petersburg
1. (5) Helio Castroneves, No. 3 Chevrolet
Scott Dixon, No. 9 Target Honda Dallara
3. (3) Ryan Hunter-Reay, No. 28 Chevrolet
Dario Franchitti, No. 10 Target Honda Dallara
Dixon Finishes Second, Franchitti 13th at St.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (March 25, 2012) – Target Chip
Ganassi Racing (TCGR) driver Scott Dixon led the most laps today with 37 (of
100) at the Honda Prix of St. Petersburg en route to a second-place finish,
while Target teammate Dario Franchitti came home 13th.
Dixon started the
race in seventh, jumping up to fourth by the end of the first lap. He would remain in the top-five running
order, taking the lead on lap 21 as the No. 9 Target Honda Dallara ran on an
alternate pit-strategy. Dixon would come
to pit-road for his first stop of the day on lap 37 and regain the lead by lap
47 as pit-stops cycled through. He
continued to lead until making his last stop of the day on lap 68. Dixon would run the remainder of the race in
the top-three running order, finishing second.
the race in 10th, and moved up to eighth before the completion of
the first lap. When a car stalled on the
course on lap 13, Franchitti’s crew called him to pit-road, beating the
caution-flag. Franchitti would continue
to run in the top-15 as the leaders remained on an alternate pit-strategy. The No. 10 Target Honda Dallara came to pit
road for the last time on lap 67, returning to the course in 16th. Franchitti would work his way up to 10th,
but finish 13th after running out of fuel on the last lap.
With the results, Dixon is second in the IZOD IndyCar Series point
standings with 42 markers, while Franchitti stands 13th with 17
Honda is second in the manufacturer point standings with six, trailing
Chevrolet with nine.
Up next for Team
Target is Round 2 of the IZOD IndyCar Series with the Honda Indy Grand Prix of
Alabama from Barber Motorsports Park on Sunday, April 1st (2:00 pm
ET NBC Sports).
- Dixon’s finish of
second marks the third time he has finished second at St. Pete (2006, 2007) –
each time to Castroneves.
- Dixon clinched two
bonus points for leading the most laps today, with 37 laps lead.
- Today’s top-five finish
marks the 91st of Dixon’s career.
Scott Dixon: “The day was tough, obviously, the first race
back after losing Dan [Wheldon]. It’s
been a sad start to the year, but for us it ended up being a great race. I don’t know that we quite had the speed, but
we were great on restarts and were able to jump some people. All in all, a great day for Team Target. It was nice to finish this race, I haven’t
finished this race in about three or four years.”
Dario Franchitti: “It was a tough day. We ran out of fuel leaving that last
corner. The Target Team will do some
work and be back strong in Barber.”