Franchitti Finishes 8th at the Milwaukee IndyFest
Results (with starting pos.) for the Milwaukee IndyFest
 
1. (4) Ryan Hunger-Reay (No. 1 Chevrolet)
2. (17) Helio Castroneves (No. 3 Chevrolet)
3. (3) Will Power (No. 12 Chevrolet)
6. (11) Scott Dixon (No. 9 Target Honda)
8. (23) Dario Franchitti (No. 10 Huggies Honda)
 
 
WEST ALLIS, Wis. (June 15, 2013) – Target Chip Ganassi Racing (TCGR) driver Dario Franchitti finished eighth in Round 9 of the IZOD IndyCar Series in the Milwaukee IndyFest at the Milwaukee Mile.
 
Franchitti started the race on the inside of the 12th row after qualifying the No. 10 Huggies Honda 17th, but started 23rd due to a grid spot penalty for an engine change.  On lap 17 of 250, Franchitti passed two cars and made his way up to 21st.  On lap 24, the No. 10 car pit for the first time while the top 14 cars stayed out on the track.  During a lap 28 caution Franchitti ran 18th and held his position for more than 20 laps.  On lap 57, the No. 10 car was able to pass three more cars to 15th.  On lap 140 Franchitti jumped to 12th and with 35 laps to go the No. 10 car left pit lane for a final time to finish the race in eighth.
 
With the results, Dixon is now fifth in the IZOD IndyCar Series point standings with 221 markers, -78 points behind leader Helio Castroneves.  Franchitti holds on to 10th with 192 markers, -107 points back.
 
Honda is second in the manufacturer point standings with 63 points, trailing Chevrolet with 72.
 
Up next for Team Target is Round 10 of the IZOD IndyCar Series with the Iowa Corn Indy 250 from Newton, Iowa on Sunday, June 23rd (2:30pm ET, ABC).
 
 
TCGR Quoteboard
 
Dario Franchitti:  “Obviously we didn’t have a great qualifying effort and then we took the engine change penalty before the race.  We started in the back, made some good progress, but it was difficult to pass.  The guys made good calls to keep me in the hunt but keeping the car pointed straight was a challenge.  To pass people was very tough. The cars are so close, so the series might be a victim of their own success right now. We need to start allowing something to differentiate when guys get it right and wrong.  Great to be here as always at the Mile. Great crowd and great event.”


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