TCGR - Mid Ohio Advance Notes
Race:                     Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio, August 4
Drivers:                                @scottdixon9 @dariofranchitti
Cars:                     No. 9 Target Honda and No. 10 GE Honda
Track:                    Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (2.258-mile road course)
TV:                                          3:00 PM ET on NBC Sports Network
Social:                   @TCGRTeams #TeamTarget
Location:                              Lexington, Ohio
 
BET YOU DIDN’T KNOW THAT
 
TCGR at Mid-Ohio:  TCGR drivers have made 35 starts at Mid-Ohio in 19 races, accumulating eight wins (1996: Alex Zanardi; 1997: Zanardi; 1999: Juan Montoya; 2007: Dixon; 2009: Dixon; 2010: Franchitti; 2011: Dixon; 2012: Dixon), two pole wins (1996: Zanardi; 2011: Dixon), 12 podiums, 21 top-five and 25 top-10 finishes.
 
Taking to the Road:  Since 1990, TCGR has made 155 starts on road courses, earning 21 wins, 12 poles, 49 podiums, 69 top-five and 100 top-10 finishes.
 
#TEAMGANASSI
 
Follow Team Target on Twitter:  Continue to follow Target Chip Ganassi Racing on their official team Twitter page.  Find in-race updates and weekly news on the No. 9 and No. 10 teams throughout the 2013 season by following “@TCGRTeams”.
 
 
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW FOR MID-OHIO
 
Dario Franchitti and No. 10 GE Team
 
Toronto Race 1 Rewind:  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.
 
Toronto Race 2 Rewind:  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.
 
Last Time in Mid-Ohio:  For the sixth consecutive race, Franchitti started on the front row, qualifying second.  The No. 10 Honda got off to a good start, running the opening laps of the race in second.  After making his first pit stop of the day on lap 29, Franchitti returned to the 2.258-mile course in fourth.  Running on a two-stop fuel strategy, Franchitti made his second pit stop on lap 57 and again rejoined the field in fourth.  On lap 59, the No. 10 Honda made contact with another car and was forced to pit road for an unscheduled pit stop to replace the front wing.  Franchitti exited the pits for the final time in 18th and eventually finished the day in 17th. 
Career at Mid-Ohio:  In 11 starts at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Franchitti has one win (2010), two pole wins (1998, 1999) and five podiums.  The driver of the No. 10 car has also led 93 laps at Mid-Ohio.
 
In the Points:  With the results in Toronto, Franchitti moved four spots to seventh in the IZOD IndyCar Series point standings with 307 markers, -118 points behind leader Helio Castroneves.
 
Rarified Air:  Dario is one of only five drivers to win the Indianapolis 500 and the series title in the same season more than once.  By winning the 2012 Indianapolis 500, he became just the 10th driver in history to win the race three times.


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