Thoughts on Mid-Ohio with TCGR Managing Director Mike Hull: "Mid-Ohio for many of us at Target have special memories in terms of the history of Indy Car racing, as it represents the roots of Indy Car road racing. It's a very technical race track...
Thoughts on Mid-Ohio with TCGR Managing Director Mike Hull: "Mid-Ohio for many of us at Target have special memories in terms of the history of Indy Car racing, as it represents the roots of Indy Car road racing. It's a very technical race track for the driver, which requires a set-up that is quite different from most other road and street circuits, so it's fun when you get it right. It will be our first opportunity to try the latest improvement from Honda with the endorsement of the IRL technical staff to enhance our racing, called "push-to-pass." The innovations allowed by the IRL to improve oval racing at Kentucky last week combines with the newest Honda button made a much better show. Mid-Ohio is a 2.3 mile natural terrain road race track, so the twenty pushes at 12 seconds allowed could make a difference if timed correctly by Dario and Scott for passing on the long straight."
TCGR at Mid-Ohio: The team has three CART wins (1996-1997 Zanardi, 1999 Montoya) at the track, in addition to Dixon winning the IndyCar Series race in 2007.
Scott Dixon and the No. 9 Target Team
MOH Rewind: Last year Dixon started sixth and finished on the podium in third place. Even though the race started under wet conditions he managed to bring his car to the third spot by just lap three of the two hour event. His best finish at the track came in 2007, when he started sixth en route to the win, leading 29 of the 85 laps. He also finished fifth in the CART race in 2002 driving for TCGR.
Dixon on Last Year's Race: "It was a good day for us. We started sixth - I knew we still had a car to win. Everything was really crazy today. We didn't get into any rhythm. Everybody knew how it was going to play out and who was doing what and then we had a bad pit stop when we tried to jump Helio and that put us back a little ways. So it's frustrating but we only lost maybe five points in the championship."
Last Week in Kentucky: Dixon started the 200-lap race from the pole position based on entrant points after a qualifying washout. He led the first 48 laps of the race and went on to lead three times for a race-high 95 laps, earning him two bonus points.=20
On the verge: Dixon's win in Richmond still has him tied with Sam Hornish Jr. for the most wins in IndyCar Series history with 19. A victory this weekend in Ohio would give him a 20th win and sole position of the IRL record.
Dario Franchitti and the No. 10 Target Team
Target Paint Scheme: Both, the No.9 and 10 cars will have a Target paint scheme this weekend.
Last Time at Mid-Ohio: Dario missed the 2008 race in Lexington while competing in NASCAR. In 2007, Franchitti started the 85-lap race in the fifth position and finished second. Another notable race was the 1999 CART event where he started on the pole, led 54 of the 83 laps, and went on to finish in the third spot. Franchitti made six CART starts from 1997-2002, winning the pole in both 1998 and 1999.