BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Target Chip Ganassi Racing (TCGR) drivers Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti finished second and 25th, respectively, in Round 2 of the IZOD IndyCar Series at Barber Motorsports Park. The 90-lap event was slowed by just a single caution period in the opening stages of the race (laps 2-5).
The No. 9 Target team made three stops throughout the day and charged up to second place in the final stint. Dixon dueled with the eventual race-winning No. 1 car, but took home second place, which marked the team’s first podium result of the 2013 season.
Franchitti and the Banana Boat team weren’t as fortunate at the 2.3-mile road course, starting 17th and finishing 25th after a header problem just before the half-way point caused electrical issues, which eventually took out the clutch and ended their day.
The team made up ground in the opening laps going from 17th to 12th in the opening stint, and pit early to go off strategy on Lap 19. Lap 43 would be the last lap turned for the No. 10 team as they went back to the Target garage for repairs.
With the results, Dixon moves up from fifth to second in the IZOD IndyCar Series point standings with 70 markers, while Franchitti stands 26th with 10 markers.
Honda is second in the manufacturer point standings with 12 points, trailing Chevrolet with 18.
Up next for Team Target is Round 3 of the IZOD IndyCar Series with the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Sunday, April 21, 2012 (4:00 p.m. ET, NBC Sports Network).
Dario Franchitti: “We had a header that broke and that ended up burning through the clutch line, and we lost that as well. The guys were trying really hard to fix that and change the header and that was the end of our day unfortunately.
The team made a really great effort but it was a real shame to have that happen when we were running up in fifth at the time.
We were a good bit quicker that the No. 12 car who was in front of us (and saving fuel), so it was disappointing that we went out when we did.
The positive is that I’d rather have a day like this as opposed to St. Petersburg where we were just slow and I made a mistake. Today the car was good and we had a good race going before that happened.”
Scott Dixon: “We had a great car but this is getting a little old – four straight second-place finishes at Barber Motorsports Park! But seriously we had good pace today but just couldn’t get up to Hunter-Reay in the end. We moved up to second in the championship standings so great day for the Target team.”