Franchitti Finishes 3rd and 4th in Toronto Double-Header
 
Race 1
1.     1. (5) Scott Dixon (No. 9 Target Honda)

2.     2. (2) Sebastien Bourdais (No. 7 Chevrolet)

3.     3. (1) Dario Franchitti (No. 10 Target Honda)

 
Race 2
1.     1. (1) Scott Dixon (No. 9 Target Honda)

2.     2. (3) Helio Castroneves (No. 3 Chevrolet)

3.     3. (7) Sebastien Bourdais (No. 7 Chevrolet)

4.     4. (2) Dario Franchitti (No. 10 Target Honda)

 

TORONTO, Ontario (July 14, 2013) – Target Chip Ganassi Racing (TCGR) took both poles (Dario Franchitti-Race 1, Scott Dixon-Race 2) and then Dixon swept both race wins with Franchitti scoring two top-five finishes (third, fourth) in Rounds 12 and 13 of the IZOD IndyCar Series at the Honda Indy Toronto on the Streets of Toronto.  With the results, Dixon brought home an additional $100,000 for winning the SONAX Perfect Finish Award bonus for winning both rounds in Toronto.
 
Race 1 – Saturday, July 13
Franchitti started the race on the inside of the front row after qualifying the No. 10 Target Honda on pole position.  When the race went green Franchitti held the lead for the first 20 laps.  On lap 20 the No. 10 car reported the tires were falling off and fell back to fourth.  Franchitti pit from fourth to change tires and returned to the circuit in the same position.  The No. 10 car held on to fourth, but on lap 63 dropped back to fifth.  Franchitti made his way back to fourth and in the final stages had more push to pass left than any other driver in the top-10 (6).  With 12 laps to go, the No. 10 car jumped up to third on a restart, and finished there for a Target double-podium result.
 
Race 2 – Sunday, July 14
Franchitti started the race on the outside of the front row after qualifying the No. 10 Target Honda second.  On the standing start, Franchitti fell back to sixth after making slight contact with the rear of the No. 3 car.  The No. 10 car had to pit for a new front wing and changed from red tires to black tires.  Franchitti returned to the circuit and tried to make up ground for the early pit on lap 5 of 85.  On lap 41 Franchitti was in 12th and trying to get back to the top-10.  The No. 10 car was able to move up three positions to ninth by lap 57.  Franchitti then made it in and out of pit lane just in time as a full course caution was called, and was up to sixth by lap 72.  Under the last caution of the race with two laps to go, Franchitti made his way to fourth, where he would ultimately finish.
 
With the results, Franchitti is now sixth with 307 markers, -118 points back.
 
Honda is second in the manufacturer point standings with 96 points, trailing Chevrolet with 99.
 
Up next for Team Target is Round 14 of the IZOD IndyCar Series with the Honda Indy 200 from Lexington, Ohio on Sunday, August 4 (3:00pm ET NBC Sports).
 
POLE NOTES
·         TCGR swept both poles for the doubleheader races (Franchitti-Race 1, Dixon-Race 2) marking the first time in Indy car racing history a team has accomplished such a feat
·         Franchitti’s Race 1 pole was the 32nd of his Indy car career, tying him for sixth on the all-time list with Michael Andretti

·         The pole was Franchitti’s fifth career pole at Toronto (1997, 1998, 2009, 2012 and 2013)

·         Both Target cars qualified for the Firestone Fast 6 shootout in Race 1

·         The Race 1 and 2 poles marked the 79th and 80th in Indy car racing for TCGR

·         Race 2 at Toronto was also a front-row lockout of qualifying for Team Target with Dixon in first and Franchitti in second
                                                                                                                 
 
TCGR Quoteboard Race 2
 
Dario Franchitti:  “I was trying not to lose too many positions and I was on the outside of turn one when we kind of checked-up.  I just got in the back of the No. 3 car and I couldn’t avoid it.  It was just a racing incident – my mistake.  After that, every lap was a qualifying lap.  I came in the pits with the Target boys and then I was off.  It was just as hard as I could go every lap.  The car was really, really good.  You know it’s been a bit of a tough today, but I think we had a better car than yesterday.  I would’ve liked to have a better go, but I messed it up in the first lap.  It was some pretty tough racing out there.”


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Grand Prix of Baltimore
Streets of downtown Baltimore
Sunday, September 1, 2013
TV:  2:00 p.m. EST on NBCSN