Dixon Fourth, Franchitti 12th at Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 19, 2010) -- Target Chip Ganassi Racing (TCGR) claimed a top-five finish at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach with Scott Dixon finishing fourth....
Dixon Fourth, Franchitti 12th at Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach
LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 19, 2010) -- Target Chip Ganassi Racing (TCGR) claimed a top-five finish at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach with Scott Dixon finishing fourth. Dario Franchitti placed 12th.
Dixon lined-up eighth on the starting grid and passed for seventh by the completion of lap one. He ran in the top-six throughout most of the race and would drive to a fourth place finish - challenging for third in the closing laps.
Franchitti started 12th and ran consistently in the top-10 but would ultimately finish in the 12th position.
- - Dixon's fourth place finish is his best IZOD IndyCar Series finish at Long Beach. He won the Indy Lights race at the track in 2000 and finished 15th when the IZOD IndyCar Series visited Long Beach for the first time last year.
- - This is the 10th top-five for Team Target at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
- - Dixon extends his record of most consecutive top-10 starts to 36.
With the finishes, the Target teammates are tied for fifth in the IZOD IndyCar Series point standings with 112 points. Leader Will Power continues to hold the top spot with 172 points.
Scott Dixon: "It was a tough day, and I think we missed some gears a bit. Our first gear was too long, and it was hard to get out of it. Our sixth gear was too short. We had plenty of good speed, but I think there at the end we just couldn't get close to Will, and whoever was in front of each person was going to pull away. That was kind of the end of it for us, and we decided just to cruise around in fourth gear."
Dario Franchitti: "Disastrous weekend for us. Not what we expected at all. We got as high as 10th, but we struggled all day in the Target car. We had some troubles getting around Alex Lloyd there at the end for some reason."