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2013 Baltimore: Ganassi IndyCar Race Recap
Posted by: newsla on Sep 03, 2013 - 06:15 AM
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2013 Baltimore: Ganassi IndyCar Race Recap

Target Chip Ganassi Racing (TCGR) driver Scott Dixon finished 19th in the Grand Prix of Baltimore, while teammate Dario Franchitti finished 21st.


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Dixon qualified the No. 9 Target Honda on pole for the 75-lap street course on Sunday. By lap two, Dixon had relinquished the lead, holding steady in second position until an early caution came on lap 13. Following a restart on lap 20, Dixon slipped into the third position. He later pitted on lap 31 and reentered the race in the eighth position. The second full-course caution of the race occurred on lap 41, enabling Dixon to cycle back into third place. During the restart at lap 48, the No. 15 car clipped Dixon and spun him out. The incident resulted in the competition’s third caution, and Dixon subsequently fell back to fifth place. On the ensuing restart on lap 53, Dixon battled three-wide while on the push-to-pass button, but was driven into the wall by the No. 12. The incident resulted in significant damage to the car that ended the No. 9 team’s day, and resulted in a 19th place finish. A request to have the car brought back to pit lane for repairs was not answered by INDYCAR Race Officials.

Franchitti qualified the No. 10 Cessna Honda 15th, before an engine change required him to start from the back of the field in the 24th starting spot. Franchitti began the race strong, passing cars before a braking issue required an unscheduled pit stop on lap 8. During the first caution on lap 13, Franchitti again pitted for front-brake issues, dropping him to 22nd (seven laps down). The No. 10 team ended their day on lap 31 after pulling into the pit lane island as a result of the ongoing braking issues, resulting in a 21st place finish.

With the results from at Baltimore, Dixon remains second in the IZOD IndyCar Series point standings with 452 markers, -49 points behind leader Helio Castroneves. Franchitti is seventh with 388 markers, -113 points back.

Honda is now tied with Chevrolet in the manufacturer point standings (120 points).

Up next, Target Chip Ganassi Racing will compete in Rounds 17 and 18 of the IZOD IndyCar Series with The Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston in Houston, Texas, on Saturday, October 5 and Sunday, October 6 (3:00pm ET on NBC Sports Network).

- - Franchitti retired early in the event due to a brake problem.

- - Dixon was pushed into the wall on a late-race restart and taken out of the event by the No. 12 car.

- - Dixon’s Baltimore pole was his first career pole in Baltimore and 20th career IZOD IndyCar Series pole, tying him for 14th on the all-time list with Gordon Johncock.

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Dario Franchitti: “We had an engine change on race morning. But, you have to say thanks to Honda because they keep pushing and they keep pushing hard to try and find those performance advantages, but it just went wrong this morning. This afternoon, after about six laps, the brake pedal went to the floor both in Turn 1 and Turn 12. Then we came in and bled the brakes. It was okay until we got them hot again and then it did exactly the same thing. So, there’s obviously a problem because I generally don’t use the brakes that often.”

Scott Dixon: “The No. 15 should have received a penalty [for spinning us] and the No. 4 car passed us on a yellow. So that restart near the end was complete bosh. On the restart I had an overtake advantage on the No. 12 car, it must have been in fourth-gear, so they can’t complain about wheel spin. Then I got beside him and he ran me straight into the wall. Then, they wouldn’t bring the car back. [Race Director] Beaux needs to be fired. He was a complete idiot today.”

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