Managing Director Mike Hull on Toronto: "What makes Toronto special is that it's held in the downtown streets of one of the greatest cities in the world, supported by some of the most passionate Indy car racing fans on the face of the planet. Our Target Team loves to compete in Big Sporting Events -- Toronto is in that category. Dario's win in 2009 follows two other great Target drivers, Michael Andretti & Alex Zanardi -- who have won the Indy event for our organization. All three possess the combination of an aggressive style with the unique technical ability to dissect each of the corners to find maximum grip and passing zones to get to the front. Both Dixon and Franchitti make that work, so we're excited to spend the weekend in Canada."
Dario Franchitti and the No. 10 Air Wick Team
This week at the ESPY's: Franchitti is one of five champion racers nominated for Best Driver at the 2010 ESPY Awards. The two-time Indianapolis 500 winner is joined by NASCAR drivers Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch and Ron Hornaday and NHRA top fuel champion Tony Schumacher in the category, which will be awarded July 14 in Los Angeles. The 18th Annual ESPY Awards ceremony will air on ESPN live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at 9PM ET.
Dario at Toronto: Franchitti returns to the Toronto street circuit as the reigning Honda Indy Toronto champion. He has earned two wins (1999, 2009) and three poles (1997, 1998, 2009). Franchitti has led 216 laps at the track.
Return to the site: Franchitti will return to the track where he scored his first career pole in 1997 while driving in the CART series. Since then, Franchitti has scored 23 additional poles (11 CART, 13 IndyCar). He also ranks second in average starting position at Toronto among active drivers (Justin Wilson, 3.0) with a 3.14 average.
Points: With a third-place finish at Watkins Glen International, Franchitti moved up one position in the championship standings -- sitting second now (-32 to Will Power) with 295 points.
Watkins Glen Recap: Franchitti lined-up fourth and ran in the top-five throughout most of the race leading one lap. Following the final round of pit stops, Franchitti ran second position during the final stint but ultimately finished the event in third position.
Scott Dixon and the No. 9 Target Team
History at Toronto: In three starts at Toronto, Dixon has not finished outside of the top-five, with a best finish of fourth in 2009. He has also never qualified outside the top-10.
Points: With his eighth-place finish at Watkins Glen, Dixon fell one position to his teammate in the championship standings. He currently sits third -- 40 points out of the top spot.
Watkins Glen Recap: Dixon lined-up second on the grid and ran in the top-five throughout the race, leading 21 laps. After contact in the pits during the early stages, he sustained front end damage, but climbed back to a sixth-place finish, his seventh top-10 of the season.
History on the Streets: Dixon is one of only nine drivers to have completed laps in both the CART and IZOD IndyCar Series races at Toronto. He is one of two active drivers in the field to have completed 100% of the laps at Toronto between both series (Will Power is the other). He has the second highest average finish of 4.6 behind Power's 3.7 amongst the nine drivers.