Watkins Glen: Chip Ganassi Racing preview

NOTES/NEWS Hot Laps: During the off weekend, Dario Franchitti took three laps around the 1.058-mile New Hampshire Motor Speedway oval just prior to the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Officials announced that the IZOD IndyCar Series...

NOTES/NEWS

Hot Laps: During the off weekend, Dario Franchitti took three laps around the 1.058-mile New Hampshire Motor Speedway oval just prior to the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Officials announced that the IZOD IndyCar Series would return to the track next season July 30, 2011.The IRL ran three events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway from 1996-98. It was interesting to note that Franchitti came around the track during his demonstration laps in 26.6 seconds -- two seconds faster than the pole-winning lap Target NASCAR driver Juan Pablo Montoya did in his stock car at NHMS.

Team Target at the Glen: In five races at Watkins Glen International, Team Target has claimed three wins, five top-fives, six top-10s and has led 72 of 295 total laps (24.4%) at the track.

Managing Director Mike Hull on Watkins Glen: "The Indy car winners at Watkins Glen have included Rick Mears and Bobby Unser. Winners from F1 have been world champions such as Clark, Hill, Stewart, Fittipaldi, Hunt, G. Villeneuve, and A. Jones. That's why it has been so special for our Target guys to get up for this race, and even more special that Scott Dixon has won it three times. The Glen is a pure driver's track. Technical drivers excel at Watkins Glen as they find the balance for an entire lap. That's what makes if fun at TCGR because Dario and Scott make every lap better than the last."

Dario Franchitti and the No. 10 Target Team

Dario at Watkins Glen: Franchitti has competed in four races at WGI (2005-2007, 2009). He had a best finish of third in 2005 and 2007, with a best start of third in 2007. Franchitti has completed 223 of a possible 235 laps (95%) at Watkins Glen International.

Points: With his finish at Iowa Speedway, Franchitti currently sits third in the championship - trailing leader Will Power by 14 points.

Iowa Recap: Franchitti looked to extend his winning streak at Iowa. However after starting fifth and leading 69 laps, he experienced a problem with the gearbox on lap 200 of 250 while leading. He would finish in 18th - only his second finish outside the top-10 in 2010.

Did you know? In 2008 Franchitti started on the pole at Watkins Glen international in a NASCAR Nationwide race for current owner Chip Ganassi. Franchitti led 18 laps en route to a fifth place finish.

Scott Dixon and the No. 9 Target Team

History: Dixon is in a three-way tie for all-time open wheel wins at Watkins Glen International, tied with two former two-time Formula 1 Champions Jimmy Clark and Graham Hill. He and Hill are the only two drivers in the track's history to win three-consecutive open wheel events.

Watkins Glen Rewind: Last season at WGI, Dixon finished in the third position 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.

Points: Scoring 28 points with his sixth place finish at Iowa, Dixon advanced one position in the championship standings. He currently sits second -- just 11 points out of the top spot.

Iowa 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 of the race, he would sustain front end damage, resulting in a sixth place finish- earning his seventh top-10 of the season.

Did you know? If Dixon leads two laps at Watkins Glen he will move into eighth place on the all-time open wheel (Indy car, Formula 1) laps led list at WGI with 60. Jackie Stewart (Formula 1) leads with 271, followed by Graham Hill (Formula 1) with 255 and Jim Clark (Formula 1) with 249. Dixon is the highest ranked Indy car driver on the list.

-source: cgr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing