TARGET TEAM FINISH 10 & 12 IN ACCIDENT MARRED RACE AT MICHIGAN Jackson, MI (Sunday, Aug 5, 2007)- A major incident involving the front runners in the second half of the rain delayed Firestone Indy 400 at Michigan, relegated the Target Chip...
TARGET TEAM FINISH 10 & 12 IN ACCIDENT MARRED RACE AT MICHIGAN
Jackson, MI (Sunday, Aug 5, 2007)- A major incident involving the front runners in the second half of the rain delayed Firestone Indy 400 at Michigan, relegated the Target Chip Ganassi Racing team to a 10th and 12th place finish, but left the points situation unchanged in battle for the IndyCar Championship with four races left.
On lap 144, Dan Wheldon who led five times for a total of 24 laps, was battling current points leader Dario Franchitti when the cars touched wheels, sending the no.27 car airborne and landing on top of Target teammate Scott Dixon and collecting a few more cars in their wake. Despite the severity of the incident, all drivers emerged unhurt from the accident.
The Target team worked to repair the no.9 Honda Dallara and returned Dixon to the race for one lap, long enough to be credited with a 10th place finish ahead of Franchitti, who finished 13th, in the results. Dixon's IndyCar Series record streak of running at the finish unfortunately was halted at 28 consecutive races.
Tony Kanaan took his third checkered flag win of the season with Marco Andretti and Scott Sharp finishing close behind in a race that often saw three wide action and 23 lead changes.
While Dixon led 14 laps, Dario Franchitti collected three bonus points for leading the most laps (101), but the final tally revealed that neither had gained nor lost any ground in the Championship points race.
With four races remaining in the 2007 IndyCar season, Dixon (470 points) is still 24 points behind Franchtti (494 points)in the championship. Target teammate Dan Wheldon (375 points) is fourth in the points battle behind Michigan race winner Tony Kanaan (413). Sam Hornish Jr. (367 points) rounds out the top five.
SCOTT DIXON: "Racing at Michigan is racing at a restrictor-plate race in NASCAR. I tried to avoid Dario (Franchitti), but he just ended up on top of me. The Target team did a great job getting the car back together so we could get back out there and finish ahead of Dario. It keeps the points the same as it was coming in, so it's like this race never happened."."
DAN WHELDON: "At well over 200 mile an hour, when you're involved in something like that you are just very very thankful that everyone is okay. In terms of the accident, it's just one of those things. It looked like I was coming up just a touch while Dario (Franchitti) was coming down a little, you know, just normal superspeedway stuff and unfortunately, we touched wheels. You find try to find every little bit of real estate you can out there and in a race like that you know you are going to get crowded in a corner you just got to give yourself and others a little room. We just ran out of room."