Franchitti Finishes 6th and 5th in the Chevrolet Indy Duals in Detroit
Results (with starting pos.) for the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit
 
Dual 1
1. (2) Mike Conway (No. 18 Honda)
2. (4) Ryan Hunter-Reay (No. 1 Chevrolet)
3. (16) Justin Wilson (No. 19 Honda)
4. (15) Scott Dixon (No. 9 Target Honda)
6. (11) Dario Franchitti (No. 10 Suave Honda)
 
Dual 2
1. (6) Simon Pagenaud (No. 77 Honda)
2. (2) James Jake (No. 16 Honda)
3. (1) Mike Conway (No. 18 Honda)
4. (7) Scott Dixon (No. 9 Target Honda)
5. (16) Dario Franchitti (No. 10 Suave Honda)
 

DETROIT, Mich. (June 2, 2013) – Target Chip Ganassi Racing (TCGR) driver Dario Franchitti (sixth, fifth) completed both Rounds 6 and 7 of the IZOD IndyCar Series at the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit on the Raceway At Belle Isle Park.  The Target drivers advanced 10 combined spots in the championship title race over the weekend, with Dixon jumping from eighth to fourth and Franchitti moving from 17th to 11th.
 
Dual 1 – Saturday, June 1
 
Franchitti started the race on the inside of the sixth row after qualifying the No. 10 Suave Honda on pole position, but started 11th due to a grid spot penalty for an unapproved engine change incurred at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Round 5.  On lap 7 Franchitti worked his way up from eighth to fifth.  On lap 32 the No. 10 car passed up to third, and by lap 46 had dropped to fifth.  With seven laps to go, the No. 10 car worked its way from 12th up to seventh, and with six laps to go Franchitti fought to keep sixth, where he would ultimately finish.
 
Dual 2 – Sunday, June 2

Franchitti started the race on the outside of the eighth row after qualifying the No. 10 Suave Honda 16th.  On lap 1 of 70, Franchitti was able to advance to 13th.  On a lap 16 restart, the No. 10 car moved up to 10th, and on a lap 24 restart, Franchitti was able to maneuver to third by lap 28.  On a lap 38 restart, Franchitti held third and with seven laps to go moved to fifth, where he would ultimately finish the race.
 
With the results, Dixon is now fourth in the IZOD IndyCar Series point standings with 186 markers, -20 points behind co-leaders Helio Castroneves and Marco Andretti.  Franchitti is now 11th with 140 markers, -66 points back.
 
Honda is second in the manufacturer point standings with 51 points, trailing Chevrolet with 54.
 
Up next for Team Target is Round 8 of the IZOD IndyCar Series with the Firestone 550 from Fort Worth, Texas on Saturday, June 8th (8:30pm ET ABC).
 
NOTES
- Franchitti won his first pole in Detroit in Dual 1, tying him for seventh on the all-time list with Sebastien Bourdais with 31.
- The pole by Franchitti was the second of the season (Long Beach).
- Honda swept both duals, including the top-five spots in Dual 2.
- The Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit marked the first of three doubleheaders on the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series schedule, where entrants raced in a pair of 70-lap races.
 
TCGR Quoteboard Dual 1
                                                                                                                                 
Dario Franchitti:  “We had a really good first stint with the Suave car.  But then on either the second or third restart we got shuffled back.  Helio [Castroneves] got down the inside of us and locked up his tires and I had to go wide to avoid him.  I probably lost five places in three corners there during that exchange.  From there it was just a case of coming back through the field. The team did a bit of strategy and I was trying to make some passes there.  I have to say the Suave car was very fast.  It was just a matter of getting some clear track to make things happen.  It was a good team effort today. We need to make a few changes for tomorrow to see if we can improve things.”
 
TCGR Quoteboard Dual 2
                                                                                                                                
Dario Franchitti:  “Our day was pretty crazy.  We took a very aggressive strategy on the Suave car. We had to make some serious fuel mileage at the end which was frustrating for us because we were really fast.  We just had to make that fuel mileage because another trip to the pits would have sent us way back there.  We struggled a little bit on restarts to get going and I was thankful to be out in front of that big crash.  It was a pretty interesting day at the office.”


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