Franchitti Finishes 17th After Late Contact with Hinch
Results (with starting pos.) from Mid-Ohio
1. (4) Scott Dixon, No. 9 Target Honda
2. (1) Will Power, No. 12 Chevrolet
3. (3) Simon Pagenaud, No. 77 Honda
17. (2) Dario Franchitti, No. 10 GE Honda
 
Dixon Earns Fourth Victory at Mid-Ohio, Franchitti Finishes 17th
 
LEXINGTON, Ohio (Aug. 5, 2012) – Team Target driver Scott Dixon earned his 29th career victory in the Honda Indy 200 from the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, while Target teammate Dario Franchitti finished 17th.  This is the fourth consecutive win for Target Chip Ganassi Racing (TCGR) at Mid-Ohio.
 
For the sixth consecutive race, Franchitti started on the front row, qualifying second.  The No. 10 GE Honda got off to a good start, running the opening laps of the race in second.  After making his first pit stop of the day on Lap 29, Franchitti returned to the 2.258-mile course in fourth.  Running on a two-stop fuel strategy, Franchitti made his second pit stop on Lap 57 and again rejoined the field in fourth.  On Lap 59, the No. 10 GE Honda made contact with another car and was forced to pit road for an unscheduled pit stop to replace the front wing.  Franchitti exited the pits for the final time in 18th and eventually finished the day in 17th.
 
With the results, Dixon remains fourth in the IZOD IndyCar Series point standings, but gained 33 points on the leader.  He now has 351 points, -28 points behind new leader, Power.  Franchitti is still eighth in the standings with 271 points, -108 behind Power.
 
Honda remains second in the manufacturer point standings with 84 points, -12 markers behind Chevrolet.  Lotus is third with 48 points.
 
Up next for Team Target is Round 13 of the IZOD IndyCar Series with the GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma from Sonoma, Aug. 26 at 4:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network.
 
NOTES
- Franchitti earned his sixth consecutive front row start, qualifying second for the second race in a row.
- This win marks TCGR’s 89th win and CGRT’s 149th win overall.
- This win is also the 98th win for the Target Race Program.
- TCGR drivers have made 35 starts at Mid-Ohio in 19 races, earning eight victories, two poles, 12 podiums and 21 top-fives.
- This is the second consecutive race this season run caution-free.
 
TCGR Quoteboard:
 
Dario Franchitti:  “It was a tough day for the GE car.  Obviously, it’s great that Scott won in the Target car, but I just made a mistake.  I drove into the back of Hinchcliffe.  I just misjudged how long the nose of the car was.  It was totally my mistake.  We had to come in and change it.  So that was really our day.”


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