Franchitti Finishes 20th at Iowa Speedway
Results (with starting pos.) for the Iowa Corn Indy 250
 
1. (2) James Hinchcliffe (No. 27 Chevrolet)
2. (12) Ryan Hunger-Reay (No. 1 Chevrolet)
3. (5) Tony Kanaan (No. 11 Chevrolet)
16. (15) Scott Dixon (No. 9 Target Honda)
20. (21) Dario Franchitti (No. 10 Glad Honda)
 
Franchitti 20th at Iowa Corn Indy 250
 
NEWTON, Iowa (June 23, 2013) – Target Chip Ganassi Racing (TCGR) driver Dario Franchitti finished 20th in Round 10 of the IZOD IndyCar Series in the Iowa Corn 250 at Iowa Speedway.
 
With a ninth-place finish in the first Heat Qualifying Race, Franchitti started the race on the inside of the 11th row qualifying the No. 10 Glad Honda 21st.  On lap 25 of 250, Franchitti moved his way up to 19th and held his ground.  The first caution was called on lap 40 and the No. 10 car took the opportunity to pit with the rest of the field.  The No. 10 team had made good ground through lap 53 having passed seven cars to 14th.  On lap 95, Franchitti struggled with the car and reported he felt loose in traffic and tried to stiffen the front bar in the car and dropped to 17th.  The No. 10 car pit on lap 121 for a front wing adjustment and returned to the course one lap down and in 22nd.  On a lap 149 restart, Franchitti moved to 21st, two laps down to the leaders.  After another restart on lap 179, Franchitti passed another car to finish 20th.
 
With the results, Franchitti moved down to 12th with 202 markers, -130 points back of Helio Castroneves.
 
Honda is second in the manufacturer point standings with 69 points, trailing Chevrolet with 81.
 
Up next for Team Target is Round 11 of the IZOD IndyCar Series with the Pocono INDYCAR 400 from Long Pond, Pa. on Sunday, July 7 (12:00 pm ET, ABC).
 
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Dario Franchitti:  “We suffered from very little mechanical grip when we got in traffic and were still a ways off where we needed to be setup wise.  We won the heat race here last year and this year we finished last in it.  We’re not adapting to the tires and we are struggling a bit.  We went back a couple steps and moved a couple steps towards Scott and his setup before the race.  It definitely was better than the heat races, but nowhere close to where we need to be.  I was having to lift out of the throttle for both oversteer and understeer almost every lap, and when you can’t keep your momentum up on a short oval, it’s going to be a long day.  We will keep working and hopefully will have some progress to show for in Pocono.”


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