TEAM TARGET HEADS TO IOWA
Target Chip Ganassi Racing Iowa Advance Notes
Race: Iowa Corn Indy 250 (Saturday, June 23 at 10:00 PM ET, NBC Sports Network)
Track: Iowa Speedway (.875 mile oval)
Location: Newton, IA
Follow Team Target on Twitter: Continue to follow @TCGRTeams for official updates from Target Chip Ganassi Racing (TCGR).
Making History Together: Minneapolis-based Target celebrates its 23rd anniversary in motorsports with Chip Ganassi Racing in 2012. Since its formation, Target Chip Ganassi Racing (TCGR) has amassed 88 victories and nine titles (1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011), including four Indianapolis 500 victories (2000, 2008, 2010, 2012). The 2012 season includes two full-time entries in the IZOD IndyCar Series with Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti and a full-time entry in the NASCAR Sprint Car Series (NSCS) for 1999 CART Champion and 2000 Indianapolis 500 Winner Juan Pablo Montoya. Team Target continues to feature some of the world’s most accomplished race car drivers.
Iowa Qualifying Races: The starting lineup for Saturday night’s Iowa Corn Indy 250 will be determined by three heat races. The first race will determine even-numbered positions from 10th down, while the second race will determine odd-numbered positions from ninth down. The third race will include the top-eight drivers from practice, with the winner of that race securing the pole.
Managing Director Mike Hull on Iowa: “It's great to be going to Newton, Iowa with our Target cars, but this time it will be on Saturday night. The track is 0.875-miles in length, so it will have plenty of short-track action. Just like Texas, the aero rules have been carefully chosen to put the cars back into the drivers' hands. The short-oval aerodynamic package utilized at the Milwaukee Mile this past weekend will be employed; however, there will be a reduced rear wing main plane angle without "wicker" trim allowed. The drive-style will require real throttle input from the drivers as they go through a full fuel load. The other tweak will be that Scott and Dario's grid positions will be determined by how they finish in the qualifying heat races - real "old school" Saturday night action will be had by all. See you there.”
TCGR at Iowa: TCGR drivers have made 10 starts at Iowa, earning two wins (2008: Dan Wheldon; 2009: Franchitti), one pole (2007: Dixon), three podiums, six top-fives and eight top-10 finishes. In those 10 starts, Team Target drivers have led 402 of 2,500 laps (16%).
Running circles: Since 1990, Indy cars have visited oval tracks 212 times. In those 407 starts, TCGR drivers have accumulated 45 victories, 44 poles, 161 top-fives and 260 top-10s on ovals. Out of a possible 84,365 laps for all Team Target starts on ovals, TCGR drivers have completed 75,336 laps (89.2%).
Leading the pack: In 407 starts on ovals since 1990, TCGR has led 10,133 laps out of a possible 43,902 laps (23%). So far this season, TCGR has led 272 of the 653 laps run on ovals (41.6%).
Honda Power: Honda remains second in the manufacturer point standings with 63 points, six markers behind Chevrolet. Lotus remains third with 32 points.
There’s an App for that: Chip Ganassi Racing Teams (CGRT) and SapientNitro SM recently re-launched an updated mobile application, which is one of the first for the high-velocity world of racing. The application brings fans updated driver and event information, and exclusive content in one centralized and expansive mobile experience, bringing to life the rich heritage and legendary success of CGRT. The unique mobile application conveys the high-octane rush of the racing experience for a team that competes at the highest levels in three series – NSCS, IZOD IndyCar Series and GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series. Click here to visit the iTunes Application store and download the CGRT mobile app.
SCOTT DIXON AND THE NO. 9 TARGET TEAM
Dixon on Twitter: Catch the latest from the driver of the No. 9 Target Honda by following Dixon’s personal twitter account, @scottdixon9.
Connected: Fans can check out Dixon’s season-long blog throughout the 2012 campaign on www.Racer.com.
Milwaukee Recap: Dixon qualified 11th, but started the No. 9 Target Honda 21st as the result of a 10-spot grid penalty for an unapproved engine change prior to the event weekend. He quickly began moving through the field and pitted during a caution on lap 67. While running third and going back to green after a caution on lap 108, Dixon was served a drive-through penalty for passing a car before the green flag on what turned out to be an aborted restart. After serving the penalty, Dixon rejoined the field in 17th. The team would eventually finish in 11th. Following the race, INDYCAR Race Control acknowledged the penalty was a mistake, but the No. 9 team was still credited with 11th.
Career at Iowa: Dixon will make his sixth start at Iowa this weekend. In his previous five starts he has earned one pole, one podium and has led 32 laps. In five starts at Iowa, Dixon has started in the top-three four times. He has three top-five finishes and five top-10 finishes. The driver of the No. 9 has an average start and finish of sixth and 5.6, respectively. Dixon has started first twice, one of which was due to qualifying times being set by point standings. His best finish of third came in last year’s race after starting 23rd.
Iowa Rewind: Dixon started last year’s race in 23rd and wasted little time moving through the field, advancing to 19th by the end of lap one. By lap 38, Dixon had moved the No.9 Target Honda into 12th, and by the one-quarter mark he was in the top-10. Dixon drove into the top-three for the first time on lap 212 and maintained his position until he took the checkered flag. After passing 20 cars, he came home in third.
Oval Success: In 133 starts on ovals, Dixon has 17 wins, 15 poles, 46 podiums and has led 3,271 laps. He has an average start of 8.5 and an average finish of eighth.
Leading the way: Dixon has led the most laps in four races this season (St. Pete: 37; Barber: 38; Detroit: 60; Texas: 133).
In the Points: Dixon is third in the IZOD IndyCar point standings with 239 points, -35 markers behind leader Will Power.
Making History: Dixon is a two-time IZOD IndyCar Series Champion, earning titles in 2003 and 2008. Dixon holds sole possession of 11th on the all-time wins list with 28 victories and is tied with Bobby Rahal and Rex Mays for 16th on the all-time poles list with 18.
DARIO FRANCHITTI AND THE NO. 10 TARGET TEAM
Franchitti on Twitter: Catch the latest from the driver of the No. 10 Target Honda by following Franchitti’s personal twitter account, @dariofranchitti.
Milwaukee Recap: Franchitti started on the pole for the 225-lap event and led for 63 laps before relinquishing the lead to pit for a right rear tire going down on the No. 10 Cottonelle Honda. He restarted seventh and eventually settled into eighth after a series of cautions and pit stops. Franchitti made a pit stop on lap 169 to rejoin the field 12th. With 34 laps to go, the team made a final stop for fresh tires under caution. On lap 194, the suspension of the No. 10 Cottonelle Honda broke, causing Franchitti to make contact with the wall in between Turns 3 and 4. Franchitti would be forced to retire from the event, finishing 19th.
Career at Iowa: In four starts at Iowa, Franchitti has earned two victories (2007, 2009), two podiums, and three top-five finishes. He has led at least 68 laps in each of his four starts, leading a total of 405 laps. His best start at the track was third in 2007. The driver of the No. 10 has an average start of 4.5 and an average finish of 6.2.
Iowa Rewind: Franchitti started last year’s race from sixth and propelled the No. 10 Suave Honda into the lead for the first time on lap eight, after a daring three-wide maneuver. He went on to lead 150 of the first 159 laps before dropping back and settling inside the top-three. On lap 162, Franchitti re-gained the top spot from Marco Andretti and held onto the lead until the final round of pit stops. Following a restart with less than 50 laps to go, Franchitti was shuffled out of the top-three, but maintained his position inside the top-five. After leading 172 of the 250-lap event, Franchitti took the checkered in fifth.
Oval Office: Franchitti has participated in 129 oval races, earning 16 victories, 13 poles, 40 podiums and leading 3,368 laps. He has an average start of 7.9 and an average finish of 9.6.
In the Points: Franchitti is now seventh in the IZOD IndyCar Series point standings with 205, -69 markers behind Power.
Making History: Franchitti is a four-time IZOD IndyCar Series Champion, bringing home titles in 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011. Franchitti is tied for seventh on the all-time wins list with 31. With his pole at the Milwaukee Mile, Franchitti is now tied for eighth with Al Unser on the all-time poles list with 27.