Franchitti Finishes 3rd in Mid-Ohio
Results (with starting pos.) for the Honda Indy 200
1. (5) Charlie Kimball (No. 83 Honda)
2. (8) Simon Pagenaud (No. 77 Honda)
3. (6) Dario Franchitti (No. 10 GE Honda)
7. (3) Scott Dixon (No. 9 Target Honda)
 
 
LEXINGTON, Ohio (August 5, 2013) – Target Chip Ganassi Racing (TCGR) drivers Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon finished third and seventh, respectively, at the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Round 14 of the IZOD IndyCar Series.
 
Franchitti qualified the No. 10 GE Honda sixth and by lap four had overtaken the No. 25 car for fifth.  By lap 19 he had moved up to fourth and the team pit for the first time on lap 30 from that position.  On lap 43 Franchitti ran sixth in the order and then pit for the second time on lap 46.  With 21 laps remaining the team pit for the final time from third, where they would ultimately finish.
 
Notes:
- Franchitti’s third-place result marked his sixth career podium finish at Mid-Ohio and his fourth-consecutive top-four finish of the season.
- Chip Ganassi Racing Teams won their fourth consecutive race in the series (Pocono-Dixon, Toronto Doubleheader-Dixon and Mid-Ohio-Charlie Kimball).
- It marked the first time that Team Target has been out of victory lane at Mid-Ohio since 2008.
 
With the results, Dixon remains second in the IZOD IndyCar Series point standings with 422 markers, -31 points behind leader Helio Castroneves.  Franchitti is seventh with 342 markers, -111 points back.
 
With Honda teams posting a one-two-three finish at Mid-Ohio, they are now tied with Chevrolet in the manufacturer point standings (105 points).
 
Up next, Target Chip Ganassi Racing will compete in Round 15 of the IZOD IndyCar Series with the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma in Sonoma, California, on Sunday, August 25 (4:00pm ET on NBC Sports Network).
 
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Dario Franchitti:  “Charlie had just a beautiful race. Congratulations to him – that was pretty sweet.  We just went a little too late swapping to that three-stop strategy.  It was a good call and a brave call to switch when we did.  The GE car was fast.  It could’ve been worse, it could’ve been better.  It was a tough day with no yellows and very physical out there.  Not a bad day, we’ll just keep pushing and try to get that first win.”


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