Franchitti, Dixon Pace the Field in Sebring
SEBRING, Fla. (Thursday, March 8, 2012) -  Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammates Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti topped the timesheets as IZOD IndyCar Series teams continued their Open Test at Sebring International Raceway.

Dixon, driving the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda, became the first driver to break 52 seconds on the 1.67-mile short course during the test session with a lap at 51.7932 seconds in the morning session, while Franchitti set the pace in the afternoon session with a lap of 52.1401 seconds. Both drivers turned laps quicker than Helio Castroneves' best lap of 52.1413 in Group 1 set on March 6.

KV Racing Technology's Rubens Barrichello was third (52.2228) in a Chevrolet-powered car followed by the Hondas of A.J. Foyt Racing's Mike Conway (52.2230) and Takuma Sato (52.41111).

In all, 16 cars turned 1,089 laps during the eight hours available for testing. E.J. Viso had the day's only incident when he made contact with the tires in Turn 6, but his KV Racing Technology team was able to repair his car. The Open Test concludes March 9.


DARIO FRANCHITTI (No. 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda): "The first session was a wash out really. I think I did some out laps and the most I did was two together. It was nice to get this afternoon and see where we were—it's not bad. There are so many things we're trying to change, it's not about shooting the car for the track, it's about learning and getting data and when you change something on the car, what's the result and how does it feel. And the difference being, with the old car we pretty much knew what we were going to do."

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