TCGR - Dual in Detroit Advance Notes
Race:                     Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit, June 1 & June 2
Drivers:                @scottdixon9 @dariofranchitti
Cars:                     No. 9 Target Honda and No. 10 Suave Honda
Track:                    Raceway at Belle Isle Park (2.36-mile street circuit)
TV:                          Saturday June 1 & Sunday June 2, ABC Network (3:30 PM ET)
Social:                   @TCGRTeams #TeamTarget
Location:              Detroit, Michigan
 
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You Can Hang with Dario:  We want to see how you’re hanging out with the Suave Men driver this weekend.  If you’re at the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit, look for Dario Franchitti Fatheads making their way around the track and tweet a picture using the hashtag #No10forSuaveMen.
 
Double Dual Winner Earns $50,000:  INDYCAR announced that SONAX, a leading manufacturer of premium car care products worldwide, has been named its Official Automobile Detail Partner.  Under the partnership, SONAX will sponsor the SONAX Perfect Finish Award – a contingency prize tied to the series’ doubleheader events starting with this weekend’s Raceway at Belle Isle Park.  The SONAX Award will coincide with the launch of SONAX’s Perfect Finish polish.  SONAX will award $50,000 to a driver who wins both feature races during any of the doubleheader weekends.  If a driver does not win both races in any weekend, the $50,000 prize will carry over to the next doubleheader weekend to increase the award that could be worth $150,000 at Houston.
 
IZOD IndyCar Series Prepares for Detroit Doubleheader:  The Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit will mark the first of three doubleheaders on the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series schedule.  The series will race a pair of 70-lap races Saturday and Sunday on the 2.36-mile temporary street circuit, posing a unique challenge for IZOD IndyCar Series drivers and teams.
 
Street Facts:  Since 1990, TCGR has made 220 starts on street courses, earning 23 wins, 20 poles, 55 podiums and eight double podiums.
 
By the Numbers:  In 220 total street course starts, TCGR drivers have 84 top-five finishes (35.8%) and 126 top-10 finishes (53.8%). Out of a possible 19,338 laps TCGR has led 1,788, or 9.2% of laps run on street courses since 1990.
 
Success at Belle Isle:  In 27 starts at the Raceway at Belle Isle Park, TCGR drivers have amassed two wins (1998: Alex Zanardi; 2012: Dixon), four poles (1999: Montoya; 2000: Montoya; 2008: Dixon; 2012: Dixon), 10 top-fives and 14 top-10s.
 
99 Wins and Counting…:  The Target Racing Program, which began with Target and Chip Ganassi Racing in 1990, is just one win shy of the 100-win plateau.  The first win for the program came in 1994 with Michael’s Andretti’s Indy car victory at Surfers Paradise, Australia, when the team was merely a two-car open wheel program.  Ninety-eight wins later, the program’s umbrella not only includes involvement in the IZOD IndyCar Series, but in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) and the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series.  The partnership between Target and Chip Ganassi Racing is one of the longest consecutive team partnerships in motor racing history.
 

Dario Franchitti and No. 10 Suave Team
 
Last Time in Detroit:  Franchitti started 14th in the No. 10 Suave Honda and passed four cars on the opening lap to take 10th.  On lap 24 while trying to pass a slowing car, Franchitti clipped his left front wing on the right-rear of the slowing car.  Three laps later, on lap 27, Franchitti made a scheduled pit stop.  His crew surveyed the front wing damage and decided it would not impact him finishing the event, but made adjustments to the damaged front wing.  After the track repairs, Franchitti restarted in sixth.  On the lap 50 restart, Franchitti gained additional ground to sit in second when another caution flew on Lap 51.  He restarted second on lap 54 and followed Dixon across the finish line six laps later.
 
IMS Race Rewind:  Franchitti started the race in the middle of the sixth row after qualifying the No. 10 Target Honda 17th.  On lap 11 of 200, the No. 10 car was able to make some ground and drove up to 11th.  On lap 22, Franchitti reported picking up understeer and waited until lap 32 to pit for the first time.  On lap 52, Franchitti reported that the car had mid-corner understeer and waited for the tires to come in.  Halfway through the fuel run Franchitti pitted from 17th for a third time on lap 93 to make a front wing adjustment.  With 55 laps to go the No. 10 car still struggled with understeer and balance in 18th.  With 27 laps to go Franchitti worked his way up to ninth, but with five laps to go under a caution, the No. 10 car had contact with the wall to finish 23rd.
 
Career at Belle Isle:  In seven starts at the Raceway at Belle Isle Park, Franchitti has one win (1999), five top-five and six top-10 finishes.  He has led 44 laps at the course and has completed 524 of a possible 525 laps.
 
King of the Streets:  Franchitti has participated in 70 street course races, earning 11 victories, 12 poles, 25 podiums, 34 top-five and 46 top-10 finishes.  He has completed 5,157 of the 6,075 laps run on street courses and has led 821 laps, which is 13.5% of all the laps completed on street courses during his career.
 
In the Points:  With the results in Indianapolis, Franchitti moved to 17th in the points, -87 markers behind leader Marco Andretti.
 
Rarified Air:  Dario is one of only five drivers to win the Indianapolis 500 and the series title in the same season more than once.  By winning the 2012 Indianapolis 500, he became just the 10th driver in history to win the race three times.


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