Franchitti Battles to a 10th Place Finish at Barber
Results (with starting pos.) from Barber Motorsports Park
1. (9) Will Power, No. 12 Chevrolet
2. (3) Scott Dixon, No. 9 Target Honda
3. (1) Helio Castroneves, No. 3 Chevrolet
10. (18) Dario Franchitti, No. 10 Clorox Honda
 
 
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (April 1, 2012) – Target Chip Ganassi Racing (TCGR) earned its second podium finish of the IZOD IndyCar Series season as Scott Dixon drove his way to a second-place finish in the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park.  Target teammate Dario Franchitti earned his best finish of the season, with a late charge to finish 10th.
 
The No. 10 Clorox Honda started the race from the ninth row in 18th position.  Franchitti worked to find the balance of the car all day, moving in and out of the top-15 throughout much of the race.  The team was able to gain some ground in the closing laps, improving three positions in the last 10 laps for a 10th-place finish.
 
With the results, Dixon remains second in the IZOD IndyCar Series point standings with 84 points, just two behind leader Helio Castroneves.  Franchitti improves to 10th in the standings with 37 points.
 
Honda is second in the manufacturer point standings with 12, trailing Chevrolet with 18.
 
Up next for Team Target is Round 3 of the IZOD IndyCar Series with the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Sunday, April 15th (3:30 pm ET NBC Sports).
 
NOTES

- This was the third race for the IZOD IndyCar Series at Barber.
- Franchitti’s 10th place finish is his best finish this season.
- It as Franchitti’s 46th top-10 finish since joining TCGR in 2009.
 
TCGR Quote Board:
 

Dario Franchitti:  “It was a busy day and I passed a lot of cars.  We struggled in the initial start.  We passed a lot of cars, but that last yellow we didn't need.  I think that is the best my car has felt through all of the practices and races and qualifying that we have had this year.  So I will take that as a positive and that will give us some kind of direction going to Long Beach.  I have never been so happy from a 10th place finish.  There was some good racing though.  We have some guys on new reds and some on used and it made a big difference, some comers, some goers.  There were some really good races out there today.  Hopefully it was a good day for the fans.  There was a massive crowd and a lot of enthusiasm so it's cool.”


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