TCGR Peak Indy 300 - Advance NotesRace: Peak Indy 300, August 29 (9:00 PM ET, Versus)
Track: Chicagoland Speedway (1.5-mile tri-oval)
Location: Joliet, Illinois
Chip Ganassi on Infineon last weekend: “Dario got max points last weekend and that's what he needed. Pole, led the most laps, wins the race … both guys [Franchitti and Dixon] now have won four races. That's a big accomplishment for Team Target. We're pretty happy with that and we'll see where we end up in the points.”
TCGR to Date: The team has a series-best eight wins in 14 races this season, with Dixon and Franchitti scoring four victories apiece. The team equaled the eight-win mark for the second time in consecutive seasons, but still has three events remaining in 2009. The TCGR record for wins in a season is 10 from the 19-race 1998 CART season where Alex Zanardi won seven and Jimmy Vasser took three. TCGR also had seven win seasons in 1996 (Vasser, four and Zanardi three) and 1999 (Montoya, seven).
TCGR by the Numbers: The team now boasts 32 wins in the IndyCar Series and 72 overall open wheel wins (CART, IndyCar). In total, Ganassi’s team’s have 113 wins across open wheel, stock car and sports car racing (1990-Present)
Dario Franchitti and the No. 10 LifeLock Team
Dario on the Stretch Run: “Right now we have three oval races to focus on. It's going to be a challenge. Scott is the reigning champion, I know how good he is and he's got the same equipment as me. Ryan and the Penske team are going to be tough as well.”
LifeLock Paint Scheme: Franchitti and the No.10 team will run the LifeLock paint scheme in Chicago and Japan.
Wrapping up Road and Street: Dario finishes the road and street portion of the calendar as the only driver in the series to advance to all “Firestone Fast Six” final segments of knockout qualifying.
Last Week in Sonoma: Franchitti swept the points in Sonoma, starting first, leading every lap and winning the race for his fourth win of the season (tied with Dixon for series-best four wins).
Last Time at Chicago: Franchitti’s last race at the 1.5-mile tri-oval was during his memorable championship season in 2007. Dario took the green flag from the pole position, led 10 of the 200 laps, and won the race in the last turn of the last lap to clinch the championship over Dixon. Franchitti has yet to start a race outside of the top-10 at the track, including his 2008 NASCAR Nationwide Series race, where he started in the sixth position.
Points: 2nd in points with 493, -4 to leader Ryan Briscoe.