Franchitti Finishes 3rd at Pocono Raceway
Results (with starting pos.) for the Pocono INDYCAR 400
 
1. (17) Scott Dixon (No. 9 Target Honda)
2. (12) Charlie Kimball (No. 83 Honda)
3. (20) Dario Franchitti (No. 10 Energizer Honda)
 
 
LONG POND, Pa. (July 7, 2013) – Indy car racing returned to Pocono Raceway after a 23-year absence and Target Chip Ganassi Racing (TCGR) driver Scott Dixon earned his 30th career victory while teammate Dario Franchitti finished third in Round 11 of the IZOD IndyCar Series in the Pocono INDYCAR 400.  The double-podium finish was part of an overall Chip Ganassi Racing Teams (CGRT) sweep of the podium with CGRT teammate Charlie Kimball finishing second.  In addition, the race marked the100th win for the Target Racing Program and the 200th win for Honda in Indy car racing.
 
Franchitti started the race in the middle of the seventh row after qualifying the No. 10 Energizer Honda 18th, but due to an unapproved engine change he started 20th.  The No. 10 team moved up two spots to 18th after a lap-six restart, and then passed four cars to 14th.  The No. 10 car struggled with understeer in the middle of the race through turn three and the middle of turn one, especially in traffic.  The No. 10 car then entered pit lane for its first stop of the day for a front wing and tire pressure adjustment and returned to the race in 12th.  By lap 60, Franchitti held his ground in 12th.  Under a full course caution the No. 10 car pit on lap 65 and moved up to eighth on the restart.  The No. 10 ran in seventh and held its ground while the leaders began to slow to conserve fuel.  After Franchitti’s final stop, with the leaders conserving fuel, he took advantage and with 25 laps to go moved up to third.  The No. 10 car maintained third position to score the double-podium finish.
 
Notes:

-       This win marked TCGR’s 90th win and CGRT’s 153rd win overall

-       This marked the first 1-2-3 sweep for Chip Ganassi Racing Teams in history

-       The only other 1-2-3 team sweep in a Triple Crown race was in 1979 in Ontario by Bobby Unser, Rick Mears and Mario Andretti of Team Penske

-       Franchitti (17 spots) and Dixon (16 spots) were the biggest movers of the race

-       Franchitti’s third was his first podium finish and third top-five finish of the season (He also finished fourth at Long Beach and fifth at Belle Isle 2)

With the results, Franchitti moved one spot to 11th with 237 markers, -119 points back.
 
Honda is second in the manufacturer point standings with 78 points, trailing Chevrolet with 87.
 
Up next for Team Target are Rounds 12 and 13 of the IZOD IndyCar Series with the Honda Indy Toronto from Toronto, Ontario on Saturday, July 13th (3:00pm ET, NBC Sports) and Sunday, July 14th (3:00pm ET, NBC Sports).
 
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Chip Ganassi:  “When I got out of bed this morning, I wouldn’t have guessed this.  I actually forgot that the next win would have been our 100th; it’s been so long since we’ve had a win.  It’s a really great place to do it….in Pennsylvania too, in my home state.  It’s great for the series to have a 1-2-3 (finish) and Honda.   You know, Honda needed a boost, and they stepped up and did a great job.  The drivers did a great job and the team did a great job.”
 
Dario Franchitti:  “We went for a very aggressive setup, with very low down force.  When I would get some kind of gap, I could run some fast laps.  The Honda today, it’s so good on fuel mileage, and that really, really helped us.  I could catch back up to Charlie in spots, but I couldn’t do anything with him because of the aggressive setup we ran.”


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