Ring Ceremony in Indy: Earlier this week, TCGR employees gathered in the Indianapolis-based team's race shop to distribute the rings signifying Dario Franchitti's 2009 IZOD IndyCar Series Championship. Franchitti and the No.10 team finished the ...
Ring Ceremony in Indy: Earlier this week, TCGR employees gathered in the Indianapolis-based team's race shop to distribute the rings signifying Dario Franchitti's 2009 IZOD IndyCar Series Championship. Franchitti and the No.10 team finished the season atop the championship point standings, with teammate Scott Dixon and the No.9 team in second, recording the first-ever one-two Team Target sweep of the standings.
"Winning races together with Target has led to seven open-wheel championships with some terrific champions," said Managing Director Mike Hull. "The Target Bull's-eye has been with us from the start, so the branded ring that they have commissioned to commemorate Dario's Championship is very special. It represents the dedication to finding new ways to win by every Target Team Member combined with the same ethic by each Target Chip Ganassi Racing Team Member. It continues to be a terrific combination that wins."
Team Target at Iowa: In three races at Iowa Speedway, Team Target has claimed two wins (Wheldon, 2007; Franchitti, 2009), two poles (Dixon 2007 & 2008), four top-fives, five top-10s and has led 140 laps at the track.
Managing Director Mike Hull on Iowa: "'Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound,' is what describes the sheer speed of racing at Iowa. The track gets us back to what makes Indy car racing exciting. It returns us to an oval that represents the true challenge and diversity of the required skill set to drive an IndyCar. Iowa is a confined, one-mile track where the driver never stops turning with an average lap speed over 180 MPH -- Wow! It will be fun to have Dario and Scott racing on Rusty's track this week."
Dario Franchitti and the No. 10 Target Team
Previous Winner at Iowa: Franchitti has raced twice at Iowa (2007 & 2009) and won both times. The 2009 race saw Franchitti start fourth and lead 96 laps en route to his second Iowa Victory. In 2007 he won after starting third, leading 96 of the 250 laps.
Points: With his fifth place finish at Texas Motor Speedway, Franchitti jumped to the top of the championship standings with 246 points, +3 over second place Will Power. He currently leads both the oval and overall championships.
Texas Recap: Franchitti started from the second position and ran up front through much of the race - leading 86 laps of the 228-lap event. He finished fifth -- his fifth top-five result this season.
Indianapolis 500 Victory Tour: Following his fifth place finish at Texas, Franchitti began a whirlwind Indianapolis 500 Victory Tour in New York City. He joined national and local media outlets for a lap around Central Park on an open-air double-decker bus in addition to stops at Maxim, Men's Journal, GQ, Forbes and the Economist. Franchitti also appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman, The Daily Line, and America's Nightly Scoreboard in addition to several radio shows.
Scott Dixon and the No. 9 Target Team
Iowa Rewind: Last season at Iowa, Dixon placed in the top-five after starting third. In 2008 he finished fourth to extend his lead in the IZOD IndyCar Series championship race from 35 to 48 over Helio Castroneves. Dixon is the only driver to finish every race at the 7/8-mile oval in the top-10.
Points: Scoring 32 points with his fourth place finish at Texas, Dixon currently sits third in the championship standings -- just 11 points out of the top spot.
Texas Recap: Dixon lined-up fourth on the grid and ran in the top-five throughout the race. He finished fourth -- earning his fifth top-five finish of the season.
Happy Father's Day: Dixon will celebrate his first Father's Day on Sunday with daughter Poppy. He and wife Emma welcomed their first child last July following his race at Watkins Glen.