TCGR - Baltimore Advance Notes
Race:           Baltimore Grand Prix, September 2nd (2:30 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network)
Track:          Streets of Baltimore (2.4-mile street course)
Location:        Baltimore, Maryland
 
NOTES/NEWS
 
Follow Team Target on Twitter:  Continue to follow @TCGRTeams for official updates from Target Chip Ganassi Racing (TCGR).
 
Making History Together:  Minneapolis-based Target celebrates its 23rd anniversary in motorsports with Chip Ganassi Racing in 2012.  Since its formation, Target Chip Ganassi Racing (TCGR) has amassed 89 victories and nine titles (1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011), including four Indianapolis 500 victories (2000, 2008, 2010, 2012).  The 2012 season includes two full-time entries in the IZOD IndyCar Series with Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti and a full-time entry in the NASCAR Sprint Car Series (NSCS) for 1999 CART Champion and 2000 Indianapolis 500 Winner Juan Pablo Montoya.  Team Target continues to feature some of the world’s most accomplished race car drivers.
 
Managing Director Mike Hull on Baltimore:  “The Grand Prix of Baltimore is a two-mile temporary street circuit around the Inner Harbor area – the start finish line is at Pratt & Sharp, which are two of Baltimore’s main avenues.  Street racing showcases the unique ability of our Target drivers to get the most from themselves and their engineering group.  As you might imagine, car set up over uneven pavement, manhole covers, railroad tracks, and blind corners at a very high average speed for a 75-lap race is a massive challenge.  Scott and Dario are two of the best, so watch us this Sunday on the NBC Sports Network starting at 2:00 PM EST.”
 
TCGR at Baltimore:  TCGR drivers return to Baltimore for the second time.  In last year’s inaugural event Team Target brought home two top-five finishes and led two laps.  Franchitti finished fourth leading two laps, and Dixon brought home a fifth-place finish.
 
Modified Track Layout:  Three alterations to the 2-mile, 12-turn temporary street circuit for the Grand Prix of Baltimore have been incorporated into its construction this season, which began July 30.  The chicane on the Pratt Street main straightaway has been removed, the right-hand Turn 1 has been widened and the shape of Turns 5-6 (also pit entrance) has been changed.
 
TCGR on the Streets:  Dating back to 1990, TCGR has participated in 114 races on street circuits, making 212 starts.  In those 212 starts TCGR drivers have accumulated 23 wins, 19 poles, 55 podiums, 81 top-five finishes and have led 1,761 laps.
 
Percentage Points:  With 23 victories in 114 street circuit races, Team Target drivers have won 20 percent of the street races held dating back to 1990.  In 212 starts on street circuits, TCGR drivers have earned 122 top-10 finishes or 58 percent.  TCGR drivers have led a total of 1,761 laps on street circuits out of 10,043 laps, or 17.5 percent.
 
On Target:  Since becoming Target teammates in 2009, Dixon and Franchitti have participated in 21 races on street courses, making 42 starts between the two.  In those 42 starts, Dixon and Franchitti have earned six wins, four poles, 14 podiums and have led 422 laps.  Dating back to 2009, the pair holds an average start of 5.2 and an average finish of 8.4.
 
Topping the Charts:  Franchitti and Dixon rank first and second, respectively, in the number of victories among active, full-time drivers in the IZOD IndyCar Series.  Franchitti is tied for seventh on the all-time wins list with Sebastien Bourdais and Paul Tracy at 31 victories.  Dixon is currently tied with Rick Mears for 10th on the all-time wins list with 29.
 
Battle for the Championship:  With two races to go entering this weekend's race at Baltimore, there are currently eight drivers still mathematically eligible for the IZOD IndyCar Series championship  (Will Power, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Helio Castroneves, Dixon, Simon Pagenaud, Tony Kanaan, James Hinchcliffe and Ryan Briscoe).
 
150 Wins for CGR:  TELMEX Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) drivers Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas won the Montreal 200 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve August 19, marking the 150th victory for Chip Ganassi Racing across all series in which they compete.  Dixon, driving the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing car, brought home the 149th win in the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course earlier in the month.  Chip Ganassi Racing’s first win came from Indy car driver Michael Andretti at Surfers Paradise Australia in 1994.
 
There’s an App for that:  Chip Ganassi Racing Teams (CGRT) and SapientNitro SM recently re-launched an updated mobile application, which is one of the first for the high-velocity world of racing.  The application brings fans updated driver and event information, and exclusive content in one centralized and expansive mobile experience, bringing to life the rich heritage and legendary success of CGRT.  The unique mobile application conveys the high-octane rush of the racing experience for a team that competes at the highest levels in three series – NSCS, IZOD IndyCar Series and GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series.  Click here to visit the iTunes Application store and download the CGRT mobile app.
 

DARIO FRANCHITTI AND THE NO. 10 LEXAR TEAM
 
Franchitti on Twitter:  Catch the latest from the driver of the No. 10 Lexar Honda by following Franchitti’s personal twitter account, @dariofranchitti.
 
Look for Lexar:  TCGR will continue their partnership with Lexar this weekend in Baltimore with the second of two primary paint schemes for the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series season on the No. 10 Honda.  The No.10 Lexar Honda debuted earlier this year in the Itaipava Sao Paulo Indy 300 in April, where Franchitti started on the front row and finished fifth.  The second paint scheme will appear this Sunday at the Baltimore Grand Prix.
 
Sonoma Recap: Franchitti moved up two positions after the green flag dropped and held fourth place.  A late caution flag came out with just 21 laps to go.  After the green flag dropped again, Franchitti was running in fourth and barely had time to turn a full lap before another yellow flag was displayed.   He restarted the race in third place with eight laps to go, where he would eventually finish.
 
Baltimore Rewind:  Franchitti started the afternoon fourth and wasted little time moving the No. 10 Honda inside the top-three.  He maintained a quick pace throughout the middle portion of the race, not letting the front two get out of his sight.  After the final round of green flag stops with less than 20 laps remaining, Franchitti found himself having to fend off challenges from Dixon for fifth. In the end, Franchitti brought the No. 10 home fourth.
 
King of the Streets:  In his Indy car career, Franchitti has participated in 66 races on street circuits, earning 11 victories (16.7 percent), 10 poles (15.2 percent), 26 podiums (39.3 percent), 34 top-fives and has led 794 laps out of 5,735 laps (13.8 percent).  He has an average start of 5.6 and an average finish of 8.5.
 
On the Podium:  Franchitti is the active leader in Indy car podium finishes with 86, which is seventh on the all-time list.  He will tie Bobby Rahal and Al Unser Jr. for fifth with two more podium finishes.
 
In the Points:  Following his podium finish of third in Sonoma, Franchitti is now ninth in the standings with 306 points, -116 behind Power, but mathematically eliminated from the title contention as only the top eight are eligible.
 
Making History:  Franchitti is a four-time IZOD IndyCar Series Champion, bringing home titles in 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011.  He is tied for seventh on the all-time wins list with 31 and holds sole possession of eighth on the all-time poles list with 29.


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NEXT RACE
 
Grand Prix of Baltimore
Streets of downtown Baltimore
Sunday, September 1, 2013
TV:  2:00 p.m. EST on NBCSN