Indy 500 - Race Report

Results (with starting pos.) from the Indianapolis 500


1. (19) No. 28 Hunter-Reay, Honda
2. (4) No. 3 Castroneves, Chevrolet
3. (6) No. 25 Andretti, Honda
26. (16) No. 10 Target Chevrolet (Kanaan)
29. (11) No. 9 Target Chevrolet (Dixon)

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 26, 2014) – Target Chip Ganassi Racing (TCGR) drivers Tony Kanaan and Scott Dixon finished 26th and 29th, respectively, at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500 for the Verizon IndyCar Series.

Dixon started the Indianapolis 500 in 11th position, placing him in the middle of row four. By the fifth lap of the 200-lap race, Dixon had moved up two spots into ninth place. He continued strong until his first pit stop on lap 31, making a front wing adjustment. The change paid off as he moved up into sixth by lap 58. As the leaders pitted, Dixon led lap 63 before coming in for a second stop on lap 64. He held sixth place through a third stop on lap 81, going on to lead laps 94 and 124 before taking a fourth stop on lap 125, where a quarter turn was added to the front wing. On lap 146, the No. 9 team agreed that on their next stop they would reduce downforce on the car in order to net additional speed for a competitive finish. The opportunity arose when the first caution came out on lap 150. The team made changes and Dixon restarted the race in fourth position. Dixon began his charge to the front of the pack, but had contact with the wall on lap 167, ending his race early.

Kanaan started the race on the inside of row six in 16th place. He moved up three spots in the first five laps of the race to 13th. The No. 10 led lap 31 before making its first pit stop on lap 32 where Kanaan took fuel and four tires in addition to adjusting the front wing and tire pressure. On lap 64, Kanaan pit for a second time, but encountered a problem. On lap 83, he returned to the race 16 laps down in 32nd after running out of fuel and having an issue with the starter. Kanaan continued the race and moved up a few spots by the time the race was red-flagged on lap 192. Kanaan finished the race in 26th place.

With the results, Dixon is ninth in the Verizon IndyCar Series point standings with 132 points, while Kanaan is in 16th with 104 points.

Notes of Interest:

- By lap 58 of 200 Dixon had moved up from 11th to sixth and Kanaan from 16th to 11th

- On Lap 83 Kanaan came back out on track several laps down to the leader after running out of fuel and having problems with the starter on pit lane

- On Lap 167 Dixon spun and hit the wall from fourth position

TCGR Quoteboard:

Tony Kanaan, No. 10 Target Chevrolet: “It’s tough really. Our day was pretty much over before it started with the issues we had on pit lane. When you go that many laps down you simply cannot recover. I always say this place chooses the winner and unfortunately today she didn’t choose us.”

Scott Dixon, No. 9 Target Chevrolet: “I just lost it. All of a sudden the car just started sliding and that was it. I’m just bummed for Chip and all of the people that work so hard at Team Target. It just wasn’t our day today.”

Up next for Target Chip Ganassi Racing is the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit Race 1 at Belle Isle on Saturday, May 31 (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC).

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