Chip Ganassi Day: The Pittsburgh City Council declared Tuesday, August 31 "Chip Ganassi Day," honoring Ganassi and his race teams for their exceptional 2010 season. Councilman Bill Peduto presented the proclamation during a council meeting, ...
Chip Ganassi Day: The Pittsburgh City Council declared Tuesday, August 31 "Chip Ganassi Day," honoring Ganassi and his race teams for their exceptional 2010 season. Councilman Bill Peduto presented the proclamation during a council meeting, commenting that Ganassi is one of Pittsburgh's greatest champions after his teams were the first to win the "Triple Crown" of American racing. Ganassi driver Jamie McMurray kicked off the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season by winning the "Great American Race," the Daytona 500. In May Ganassi's IZOD IndyCar Series driver Dario Franchitti won the historic Indianapolis 500, followed by McMurray claiming the Brickyard 400 in late July.
Dario Franchitti and the No. 10 Dixie Team
Dario at Kentucky: In five starts at Kentucky, Franchitti has four top-10 finishes, a best finish of sixth in 2004 and 2009, and has 52 laps led.
Streaking: Since his 18th-place finish at Iowa on June 20th, Franchitti has not finished off of the podium (two wins, a second, and three third-place finishes). He is also hoping to add to his qualifying steak. In the last 10 races this season, he has not qualified outside of the top-five.
Points: With the win last weekend, Franchitti remains second in the championship with 505 points, gaining 36 points on leader Will Power (just 23 points out of the top spot).
Scott Dixon and the No. 9 Target Team
Tire-Testing: On Tuesday, August 31st and Wednesday, September 1st Dixon participated in a two-day Firestone Tire test at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Dixon was joined by fellow competitor Tony Kanaan for the test in preparation for the upcoming IZOD IndyCar Series Race on August 14, 2011.
Points: After finishing eighth at Chicagoland, Dixon remains third in the championship with 443 points, 85 points out of the top spot.