Franchitti Finishes 6th at Texas Motor Speedway
Results (with starting pos.) for the Firestone 550
 
1. (6) Helio Castroneves (No. 3 Chevrolet)
2. (3) Ryan Hunter-Reay (No. 1 Chevrolet)
3. (13) Tony Kanaan (No. 11 Chevrolet)
6. (4) Dario Franchitti (No. 10 Belkin Honda)
23. (11) Scott Dixon (No. 9 Target Honda)

FORT WORTH, Texas (June 8, 2013) – Target Chip Ganassi Racing (TCGR) drivers Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon finished fourth and 23rd, respectively in Round 8 of the IZOD IndyCar Series in the Firestone at Texas Motor Speedway.
 
Franchitti started the race on the outside of the second row after qualifying the No. 10 Belkin Honda fourth.  On lap 5 of 228 under caution, Franchitti in eighth held his ground up through lap 15.  On lap 29, the No. 10 car ran 13th and Franchitti reported it was a little free-off halfway through the run.  On lap 46, Franchitti made his way up to ninth and stayed out on course until he came in for his first stop on lap 53.  On lap 64, the No. 10 car drove consistently through to lap 97 in 13th.  On lap 114 under caution, Franchitti jumped to sixth, and on lap 142 while still under caution, the No. 10 car moved up to fourth.  With 27 laps to go, Franchitti ran in seventh and was able to pass one car to finish sixth.
 
With the results, Franchitti is now up to 10th with 168 markers, -91 points back.
 
Honda is second in the manufacturer point standings with 57 points, trailing Chevrolet with 63.
 
Up next for Team Target is Round 9 of the IZOD IndyCar Series with the Milwaukee IndyFest from West Allis, Wis. on Saturday, June 15th (4:00pm ET, NBC Sports Network).
 
NOTES
- With the sixth-place result, Franchitti entered the top-10 in IZOD IndyCar Series point standings for the first time this season
- Texas marked the first time both Target cars have been in the top-10 in points this season
 
TCGR Quoteboard
 
Dario Franchitti:  “We just had way too much understeer in the Belkin car at the start of the race.  It was probably the most I’ve ever had on an oval and that cost us some positions.  As the run went on the car kind of came to us and each stop the guys made some great changes to the car.  We got the car where it was good and, combined with the strategy, we got up to p6.  The strategy was to run really long on the tires and at times it was pretty hard work.  We just started too far off on the setup, but it was a lot better than last year’s car.”


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