Dixon's Podium Leads Team Target at The Glen as Ganassi Drivers Swap Points Lead WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (July 5, 2009)-Team Target driver and three-time Watkins Glen International winner Scott Dixon started and finished third in the 60-lap event in...
Dixon's Podium Leads Team Target at The Glen as Ganassi Drivers Swap Points Lead
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (July 5, 2009)-Team Target driver and three-time Watkins Glen International winner Scott Dixon started and finished third in the 60-lap event in upstate New York, while teammate Dario Franchitti came home 15th after starting fifth in the No.10 Polaroid car. With the results, the Target Chip Ganassi Racing duo swapped the IndyCar Series points lead with Dixon now ahead of Franchitti as the series heads north to the streets of Toronto.
Both drivers started the day on Firestone's higher-gripping "alternate" tires and had used them up by their first round of pit stops by lap 21. The turning point for Franchitti and the No.10 team came on lap 23 as he went off course trying to avoid an incident that had developed ahead of him. Dixon would go on to record his fourth podium in five career races at The Glen, while Franchitti went a lap down and finished the race in 15th.
As a result, Team Target remains one-two in the point standings as Franchitti drops from first to second in IndyCar points with 294, while Dixon moves from second to first in the standings with 313.
The 2009 IndyCar Series season continues July 12th with the Honda Toronto Grand Prix. The race will be telecast live in High Definition at 1:00 p.m. (EDT) by ABC. 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.
* - This is the fifth top-three finish of the season for Dixon. He has three victories (Kansas, Milwaukee and Richmond).
* - This was the best street/road course finish of the season for Dixon. His previous best was 15th at Long Beach.
* - Franchitti had just his second finish outside the top 10 this season. He finished 18th at Kansas, an oval.
Scott Dixon: "It was definitely pretty tough. We lost a spot at the start when I didn't shift down enough gears and (Mario) Moraes got by us. It was a tough first stint. We had about 8-10 laps on them (tires) from qualifying and they wore out pretty quick. We got caught out on strategy and we didn't have enough. Congratulations to Justin (Wilson). He drove a fantastic race and was unstoppable today. Ryan (Briscoe) and I had a great race at the end and thanks to the Target boys we had a good day."
Dario Franchitti: "Not a great day for the Polaroid car today unfortunately. We stretched it real far on the first stint. After our first stop I was on cold tires and tried to brake early to avoid an accident in front of me in the bus stop. The rear end just stepped out on me unexpectedly and we ended up in the gravel trap."