Franchitti's Race Ends Early in St. Petersburg
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (March 24, 2012) – Target Chip Ganassi Racing (TCGR) drivers Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti finished fifth and 25th, respectively, in the season-opening Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg for the IZOD IndyCar Series.
 
After qualifying 10th, Franchitti maintained his position mid-pack until pitting for his first stop on Lap 17.  Following the stop, the No. 10 car made contact with the wall while coming off pit lane on cold tires, resulting in left front-end damage.  As a result, the No. 10 Target team retired early due to the sustained damage.
 
With the results, Dixon is fifth in the IZOD IndyCar Series point standings with 30 markers, while Franchitti stands 25th with five markers.
 
Honda is second in the manufacturer point standings with six points, trailing Chevrolet with nine.
 
Up next for Team Target is Round 2 of the IZOD IndyCar Series with the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama from Barber Motorsports Park on Sunday, April 7th (3:00 pm ET NBC Sports).
 

TCGR Quoteboard:

 
Dario Franchitti:  “We’ve really struggled with the Target car this weekend.  I was trying to make up for it somewhere on the track and I just stepped over the line there on cold tires.  I hit a bump in turn three, and with the ride height being so low with the tire pressures I just got in the marbles and in the wall.  It was totally my mistake.”


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