St. Pete: Chip Ganassi Racing preview

NOTES/NEWS Team History at St. Pete: TCGR has competed at St. Petersburg from 2005-2009 with three top-fives including Dario Franchitti's fourth place finish in 2009 and Scott Dixon's second place finishes in 2006 and 2007. Sao Paulo Indy 300...

NOTES/NEWS

Team History at St. Pete: TCGR has competed at St. Petersburg from 2005-2009 with three top-fives including Dario Franchitti's fourth place finish in 2009 and Scott Dixon's second place finishes in 2006 and 2007.

Sao Paulo Indy 300 Recap: Dario Franchitti earned his 24th Indy car pole and became the third driver in IZOD IndyCar Series history to lead the last lap in one season and then lead the first lap in the next season. Franchitti led a race high 29 laps and finished seventh. Scott Dixon started seventh and got caught up in a multi-car incident in the first turn. Having dropped as far back as 19th, Dixon finished sixth after an impressive charge to the front to challenge for a top-five.

Dario Franchitti and the No. 10 Cottonelle Team

Cottonelle to Sponsor No. 10 Car of Dario Franchitti at Grand Prix of St. Petersburg: Target Chip Ganassi Racing announced recently that Cottonelle will serve as the primary sponsor of its No.10 Honda Dallara for reigning IZOD IndyCar Series Champion Dario Franchitti for the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

King of the Streets: In making his 200th start, Franchitti will also be making his 45th start on a street course (35 starts in CART and 10 starts in the IZOD IndyCar Series). Franchitti grabbed his second open wheel win in the 1998 Molson Indy Vancouver street race and has won eight of his 23 open wheel races on street courses.

Dario by the Numbers: St. Petersburg marks Franchitti's 86th start in the IZOD IndyCar Series and his 19th Indy car start with Target Chip Ganassi Racing. Franchitti has claimed two IndyCar championships (2009/2007), the 2007 Indianapolis 500, 23 victories and 24 poles in his U.S. Indy car career (CART, IRL) with 120 top-10 finishes.

In the Beginning: Franchitti made his first open wheel start with Hogan Racing at the 1997 Marlboro Grand Prix of Miami at Homestead-Miami Speedway and earned his first Indy car win at the 1998 Texaco/Havoline 200 at Road America. In 1998, Franchitti entered his first full season in the CART series and went on to score three wins, nine top-fives,11 top-10s, five poles and took third in the championship.

Scott Dixon and the No. 9 Target Team

Dixon Hits the Streets: Sunday's race at St. Petersburg marks Dixon's 23rd start on a street course. Having run his first street race at the 2001 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, he has placed second three times on a street circuit (Denver 2002, St. Petersburg 2006 & 2007). Dixon grabbed his first street course pole at the Detroit Indy Grand Prix in 2008, and won the 2008 Edmonton Indy.

Road Course Success: In 41 Indy car races on road and street courses Dixon has claimed seven wins, 17 top-fives, 25 top-10s and has led 244 laps.

-source: cgr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Dario Franchitti , Scott Dixon , Chip Ganassi
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing , Chip Ganassi Racing