Franchitti Finishes 19th at Milwaukee
Results (with starting pos.) from Milwaukee
1. (2) Ryan Hunter-Reay, No. 28 Chevrolet
2. (6) Tony Kanaan, No. 11 Chevrolet
3. (27) James Hinchcliffe, No. 27 Chevrolet
11. (21) Scott Dixon, No. 9 Target Honda
19. (1) Dario Franchitti, No. 10 Cottonelle Honda
 
 
WEST ALLIS, Wis. (June 17, 2012) – Target Chip Ganassi Racing (TCGR) driver Scott Dixon finished 11th in the Milwaukee IndyFest presented by XYQ at the Milwaukee Mile, while teammate Dario Franchitti finished 19th.
 
Franchitti started on the pole of 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 while under caution for fresh tires.  On lap 194, Franchitti made contact with the wall in between Turns 3 and 4 forcing him to retire from the event and was credited with 19th.  Just prior to the contact, Franchitti was forced down onto the rumble strips to avoid an incident with another car who came down on him.
 
With the results, Dixon drops to third in the IZOD IndyCar Series point standings with 239 points, -35 points behind leader Will Power.  Franchitti drops to seventh in the standings with 205 points, -69 behind Power.
 
Honda remains in second in the manufacturer point standings with 63 points, six markers behind Chevrolet.  Lotus remains third with 32 points.
 
Team Target heads to the Iowa Corn Indy 250 at Iowa Speedway for Round 9 with the IZOD IndyCar Series on June 23 at 10:00 PM ET on NBS Sports Network.
 
NOTES
- Franchitti earned his second pole at Milwaukee and his 27th overall in Indy car racing.
- Franchitti led 63 laps at the event.
 
TCGR Quoteboard:
 
Dario Franchitti:  “I was on Ryan Briscoe’s inside and he just kept coming down there.  I just don’t think his spotter told him I was there.  I had half a car on the rumble strip.  The next lap I went in there and something broke in the back end of the car.  The spine just snapped down.  You actually see the car drop in the back there before it hit so I think the suspension broke.   The Cottonelle car was not very good today unfortunately but we were making the best of it.”


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