Homestead: Chip Ganassi Racing preview

Testing: Target Chip Ganassi Racing drivers Franchitti and Dixon tested in preparation for Saturday night's season finale at Homestead's 1.5 mile oval on Monday Sept. 27. Dario Franchitti and the No. 10 Target Team Closing the Gap: In the last...

Testing: Target Chip Ganassi Racing drivers Franchitti and Dixon tested in preparation for Saturday night's season finale at Homestead's 1.5 mile oval on Monday Sept. 27.

Dario Franchitti and the No. 10 Target Team

Closing the Gap: In the last five IZOD IndyCar Series races Franchitti has outscored championship leader Will Power 205 points to 167 points, moving within just 12 points of the top spot entering Homestead. Franchitti's 12-point deficit is the fourth closest title chase in the past five years heading into the final race.

A.J Foyt Oval Championship: Franchitti clinched the inaugural A.J. Foyt Oval Championship Trophy with his runner-up finish in the Japan Indy 300 at Motegi. He posted two oval victories (Indianapolis, Chicagoland), had a 4.8 average finish in the seven oval races completed on the year, and edged out Penske driver Helio Castroneves and Target teammate Dixon to win the award.

Laps with a Legend: Indianapolis 500 Winner Dario Franchitti got to drive in the path of his hero on Sept. 21 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Franchitti drove the 1965 Lotus of Indianapolis 500 Winner and fellow Scot Jim Clark. The Lotus was restored last year in Indianapolis and driven by only one other person before Franchitti--fellow Scotsman Jackie Stewart.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway: Franchitti recently had the opportunity to present the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS Indianapolis 500 Pace Car No. 1 on the "Yard of Bricks" to a lucky sweepstakes winner while at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He worked with IMS promoting the recent opening of ticket sales for the Centennial running of the 2011 Indianapolis 500.

Points: With the runner-up finish at Motegi, Franchitti remains second in the championship with 575 points, gaining five points on leader Power (just 12 points out of the top spot).

Scott Dixon and the No. 9 Target Team

Points: After finishing sixth at Motegi, Dixon fell one position to fourth in the championship with 497 points, 90 points out of the top spot, mathematically eliminating him from the title hunt.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Dario Franchitti , Scott Dixon , Jackie Stewart , Jim Clark , Chip Ganassi , Will Power , A.J. Foyt
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing