Dixon leads team with pair of fourth-place finishes in Detroit Doubleheader

The Target drives advanced 10 combined spots in the championship title race over the weekend.

DETROIT, Mich. – Target Chip Ganassi Racing (TCGR) drivers Scott Dixon (fourth, fourth) and Dario Franchitti (sixth, fifth) completed both Rounds 6 and 7 of the IZOD IndyCar Series at the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit on the Raceway At Belle Isle Park. The Target drives advanced 10 combined spots in the championship title race over the weekend, with Dixon jumping from eighth to fourth and Franchitti moving from 17th to 11th.

Dual 1 – Saturday, June 1

Scott Dixon, Target Chip Ganassi: Racing Honda
Scott Dixon, Target Chip Ganassi: Racing Honda

Photo by: Art Fleischmann

Dixon started Dual 1 on the inside of the eighth row after qualifying the No. 9 Target Honda 15th on the 2.36-mile temporary street circuit. On lap 1 of 70 Dixon was forced to pit for a rear wing after the No. 2 car had contact with the rear of the No. 9 car.

On lap 3 under caution the No. 9 car pit for a second time to check the front wing and topped off fuel, sending Dixon to the back of the field for the second time. On a lap 5 restart Dixon (in 24th) fought his way to 19th. On lap 28 under caution, the No. 9 car (in 12th) picked up three spots on the restart to advance up to ninth. On lap 64 while in third, the team made their final stop and returned to the track to finish in fourth.

Franchitti started the race on the inside of the sixth row after qualifying the No. 10 Suave Honda on pole position, but started 11th due to a grid spot penalty for an unapproved engine change incurred at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Round 5. On lap 7 Franchitti worked his way up from eighth to fifth.

On lap 32 the No. 10 car passed up to third, and by lap 46 had dropped to fifth. With seven laps to go, the No. 10 car worked its way from 12th up to seventh, and with six laps to go Franchitti fought to keep sixth, where he would ultimately finish.

Dual 2 – Sunday, June 2

Dixon started the race on the inside of the fourth row after qualifying the No. 9 Target Honda car seventh. On lap 9 of 70, Dixon made his way around the No. 5 car for sixth as the course went under caution.

On a lap 16 restart, the No. 9 car made its way to fifth, and on lap 20 under caution, Dixon stayed out in second as the pit stops cycled through. The No. 9 car started experiencing shifting problems in the race, and on lap 28, Dixon held second until the team pit under caution on lap 29.

With seven laps to go the No. 9 car passed for fourth, where it would ultimately finish, even after experiencing late-race suspension problems due to a hole in the rear of the car.

Franchitti started the race on the outside of the eighth row after qualifying the No. 10 Suave Honda 16th. On lap 1 of 70, Franchitti was able to advance to 13th.

On a lap 16 restart, the No. 10 car moved up to 10th, and on a lap 24 restart, Franchitti was able to maneuver to third by lap 28. On a lap 38 restart, Franchitti held third and with seven laps to go moved to fifth, where he would ultimately finish the race.

With the results, Dixon is now fourth in the IZOD IndyCar Series point standings with 186 markers, -20 points behind co-leaders Helio Castroneves and Marco Andretti. Franchitti is now 11th with 140 markers, -66 points back.

Honda is second in the manufacturer point standings with 51 points, trailing Chevrolet with 54.

Up next for Team Target is Round 8 of the IZOD IndyCar Series with the Firestone 550 from Fort Worth, Texas on Saturday, June 8th (8:30pm ET ABC).

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