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Dario Franchitti, Target Chip Ganassi Racing
Dario Franchitti, Target Chip Ganassi Racing

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Managing Director Mike Hull on Barber: “What a great start to the season in St. Petersburg with Dario’s Target group! Our aim each week is to have both Scott and Dario at the front with an equal opportunity; however, at St. Petersburg, Dixon seemed in control of everything except objects that fell from the sky. Now onto Barber – it’s a classic natural terrain road track where the driver initiates the rhythm necessary for a quick lap. The Target Team has two of the best, so it’s fun to turn left and right in the Deep South, as it represents Indy car racing with tremendous spectator acceptance.”

Back-to-Back: The CGR organization has reached a total of 137 wins after their victory at St. Petersburg. TCGR has back-to-back wins, dating back to the end of the 2010 season where Dixon won the season finale at Homestead.

On the Podium: At the 2010 Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, Dixon finished second and Franchitti finished third, giving TCGR their 25th double podium and ninth in the Dixon/Franchitti era alone.

Dario Franchitti and the No. 10 Clorox Team (image attached)

Starting Strong: Franchitti started his 2011 IZOD IndyCar Series season off by winning the series opener at the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, giving TCGR their first win at the track. Franchitti now leads the point standings with 52. Franchitti led 94 of the 100 laps, the second-most laps led by a race winner. Helio Castroneves led 95 in 2007.

Franchitti’s Thoughts on St. Petersburg: "When you have a day like we did at St. Petersburg, with the way the team was just like clockwork -- pit stops, the car was great and we didn't make any mistakes -- they are few and far between so you have to enjoy them when they happen.”

Rewind: Franchitti is back at the top of the charts in the point standings after winning the season opener. Last year at this time, Franchitti was seventh in points following the season opening Sao Paulo Indy 300, where he started on pole and finished seventh. After three wins and 10 podium finishes in 2010, Franchitti won his third INDYCAR championship and TCGR’s fourth consecutive championship.

Round Two: The 2010 Indy Grand Prix of Alabama was Franchitti’s first-ever visit to Barber Motorsports Park. Last season, Franchitti lined-up seventh and worked his way to fourth after making a wing adjustment on the team’s first stop. He would go on to finish third behind Dixon.

Barber Open-Test Recap: Day one of testing at Barber Motorsports Park, Franchitti turned 28 laps in the No. 10 Target Honda Dallara with a best time of 1:13:15. Day two of testing, Franchitti turned 19 laps in the No. 10 Target Honda Dallara with a best time of 1:12:84.

The car was great and we didn't make any mistakes -- they are few and far between so you have to enjoy them when they happen.

Dario Franchitti

Scott Dixon and the No. 9 Target Team

BMP History: Dixon started fifth at the 2010 Indy Grand Prix of Alabama and ran in the top three throughout the 90-lap event before securing a second-place result.

St. Petersburg Recap: Dixon started the race in third position but was collected in a lap one, turn one, multi-car incident that required a lengthy stop on pit lane for numerous repairs. The team returned to action four laps down and finished 16th.

Road Warrior: Dixon has recorded 16 of his 55 career podiums on the road/street courses. In that stretch, Dixon recorded eight wins, two poles, 23 top-fives, and 32 top-10s.

All-Time Win List: Dixon currently ranks 12th in a tie with Gordon Johncock with 25 wins on the all-time open wheel list, trailing Roger Ward by one victory for 11th place.

Barber Open-Test Recap: Day one of testing at Barber Motorsports Park, Dixon turned 26 laps in the No. 9 Target Honda with a best time of 1:12:55. Day two of testing, Dixon turned 44 laps in the No. 9 Target Honda with a best time of 1:12:28. Dixon was third fastest during this testing session.

-source: cgr

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