Managing Director Mike Hull on Edmonton: "The support of the city of Edmonton and the enthusiasm of the Canadian race fans make this event very special. The race track is one of the best examples of a temporary circuit anywhere in the world. The...
Managing Director Mike Hull on Edmonton: "The support of the city of Edmonton and the enthusiasm of the Canadian race fans make this event very special. The race track is one of the best examples of a temporary circuit anywhere in the world. The visibility lines from the pit lane, hospitality suites, and grandstands allow spectators to get the same feel that they have at an Indy Car one-mile oval. The width and diversity of the corners provides great passing opportunity. Our job once again will be to match the terrain to the Dario and Scott's drive-style to be at the front when it counts."
Dario Franchitti and the No. 10 Target Team
Dario at Edmonton: Franchitti returns to Edmonton for the second time in his career. He has one top-five finish (2009) and a best start of sixth on the Canadian circuit.
Loving Canada: In16 starts in Canada (Vancouver, Toronto, Edmonton and Montreal) between two series (CART, IZOD IndyCar Series), Franchitti has five wins, five poles, with 378 laps led.
Points: With his second-place finish at Toronto, Franchitti currently sits second in the championship - trailing leader Will Power by 42 points.
Toronto Recap: Franchitti lined-up fifth on the grid and moved up two positions on the first lap of the race. He ran in the top-three throughout most of the event -- leading the field for 22 of 85 laps and bringing home a second-place finish, his sixth top-five in 2010.
Scott Dixon and the No. 9 Target Team
History at Edmonton: After winning the series' inaugural event in 2008, Dixon posted a third-place finish in 2009. He has never qualified or finished outside of the top five. He has an average finish of 2.0 and an average start of 4.0.
Leading Laps: In two trips to the circuit, Dixon has led laps in both races. He led 30 laps en route to his victory in 2008, and two laps in 2009 when he finished third. He is one of only two drivers (Helio Castroneves) to lead laps in both Edmonton races.
Happy Birthday: On Thursday July 22, Dixon will celebrate his 30th birthday. He became the youngest driver to win a major open wheel event at the age of 20 (2001 at Nazareth Speedway). Dixon is the winningest driver in the IZOD IndyCar series with 22 victories.
Points: Scoring 12 points with his 20th place finish at Toronto, Dixon currently sits third in the championship standings-- 78 points out of the top spot.
Toronto Recap: Dixon started sixth and had a strong run through the beginning stages of the race. With 12 laps to go, he was running in fourth when he was forced wide and made contact with the wall. The No. 9 Target machine sustained significant damage and would settle for a 20th-place result.