TCGR - Long Beach Race Report
Results (with starting pos.) from Long Beach
(4) Takuma Sato (No. 14 Honda)
(11) Graham Rahal (No. 15 Honda)
4. (1) Dario Franchitti (No. 10 Target)
11. (26) Scott Dixon, (No. 9 Target Honda)
 
 
LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 21, 2013) – Target Chip Ganassi Racing (TCGR) drivers Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon finished fourth and 11th, respectively in Round 3 of the IZOD IndyCar Series at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
 
Franchitti started on pole position for the second year in a row at Long Beach, and the No. 10 car got the jump and made it cleanly through turn 1 of the 1.968-mile circuit.  Franchitti led through the first caution period on lap 3 and then again for 22 laps, building a 2.3-second gap on the No. 1 car.  The No. 10 team pit from the lead for the first time on lap 29 of 80 but had a slow stop that dropped them from the point.  On lap 35, the team had moved up to second before an accident in turn 1 brought out a yellow.  With 37 laps to go, they made their second stop on lap 52 from fourth.  While running in third after a lap 55 restart, Franchitti had to avoid a lapped car going for position and slid one spot to fourth, where he would ultimately finish.
 
Honda is second in the manufacturer point standings with 21 points, trailing Chevrolet with 24.
 
Up next for Team Target is Round 4 of the IZOD IndyCar Series with the Sao Paulo Indy 300 from the Streets of Sao Paulo Brazil on Sunday, May 5th, 2013 (11:00 am ET NBC Sports).
 
NOTES
- The fourth-place result was the best for the No. 10 team this season, and the first top-five for Franchitti in 2013
- This race marked Franchitti’s 250th Indy car race
- Franchitti led 27 of the 80 laps
- This race marked the second straight year Franchitti had started from the pole at Long Beach
 
TCGR Quote Board:
 
Dario Franchitti:  “We were pretty good for that first stint.  We just had a bad pit stop.  We dropped the car with three wheels on the wagon I think so that cost us a few good spots.  And then I lost one there to Justin (Wilson) trying to avoid Charlie (Kimball) who was a lap down and going for position.  At the end I think we were fairly evenly matched, it’s just that we chose to save fuel that last bit.  The loss of track position wasn’t enough to catch Justin.  It was a good result for the Target team after those first couple DNFs.”


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