Dixon Wins, Takes over IndyCar Point Lead at Milwaukee WEST ALLIS, Wis. (June 1, 2009)-Target Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon recorded the team's 67th open wheel win Sunday at The Milwaukee Mile, giving the defending IndyCar Series champion...
Dixon Wins, Takes over IndyCar Point Lead at Milwaukee
WEST ALLIS, Wis. (June 1, 2009)-Target Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon recorded the team's 67th open wheel win Sunday at The Milwaukee Mile, giving the defending IndyCar Series champion the point lead heading into next weekend's race in Texas where he is also the defending racewinner. Teammate Dario Franchitti gave the Target team a double podium finish with his third place result in the No.10 TomTom car.
After finishing second in last year's event to Ryan Briscoe, Dixon turned the tables on his Team Penske rival with a three-wide pass for the lead on lap 201 of the 225-lap event. With the win, Dixon became the first driver to go to victory lane for the second time in 2009.
Franchitti's solid run started from eighth on the grid. The TomTom car moved up five positions to the podium after leading once for 19 laps.
With the results, Dixon takes the IndyCar point lead with 161, while Franchitti slips from first to second in the standings with 157.
The 2009 IndyCar Series season continues June 6 with the Bombardier Learjet 550 at Texas Motor Speedway. The race will be telecast live in High Definition at 9:00 p.m. (EDT) by VERSUS. The race will air live on the IMS Radio Network, XM channel 145 and Sirius channel 211. The radio broadcast also will be carried on www.indycar.com.
- Dixon earned his second victory of the season and his 18th career IndyCar Series victory. He also won at Kansas this season.
- Dixon is the first driver to win for the second time in 2009.
- Dixon ranks second all-time with 18 victories. With one more victory, he will time Sam Hornish Jr. for the most in IndyCar Series history.
- Dixon takes over the points lead. He holds a four-point advantage over Briscoe and Franchitti. This is the first time he has been in the points lead since the end of last season.
- This is the 26th IndyCar Series victory for Target Chip Ganassi Racing, third all-time.
- Franchitti finished third, his third top-five finish of the season.
Scott Dixon: "I was trying to get the flow of traffic the whole day. I definitely think from the start our car was better. We could run quick times when we needed to, and we were good in traffic. We had many runs on (Ryan) Briscoe, and he kind of blocked a lot and that was kind of frustrating early on, but he definitely got caught up there with (Tomas) Scheckter trying to take him on the bottom, and I got a great run on the high side and it just lined up perfect."
Dario Franchitti: "The hard thing was lapped cars. It was traffic, it was timing your passes right. My guys did a great job and got me out in the lead on the green flag (pit) stop. Then I just mistimed a pass, someone took my air off and that was it - back to third again. I really tried hard to pass (Ryan) Briscoe at the end, but again, when he was taking my air there was nothing I can do. It was a tough day. The Milwaukee Mile produces close racing and you're really fighting that lapped traffic all day."