Thursday, March 20, 2014


2013 Review: It was a mix of highs and lows for the championship race team. Veteran driver Dario Franchitti went winless and ultimately suffered career-ending injuries in an accident at the second half of the Houston Grand Prix doubleheader weekend.. Third year driver Charlie Kimball broke through and captured his first career win at Mid-Ohio. The biggest high of the season came from veteran Scott Dixon, who overcame a slow start and captured his third series title in 10 years winning four races in the second half of the year. Ryan Briscoe drove at Indy for TCGR and finished 13th. Alex Tagliani filled in for Franchitti in the season's final race at Fontana

2014 Changes: For the first time since 2012, TCGR is back to four full-time entries. A switch from Honda to Chevrolet power is already a major change. But with the retirement of Franchitti, Ganassi has added defending Indy 500 winner Tony Kanaan to this year's team. Initially signed to drive the NTT Data #8 DW12-Chevy, Kanaan will pilot one of the two Target entries, driving car #10. Scott Dixon returns in the #9 Target DW12-Chevy. Charlie Kimball is back for his 4th year in the #83 Novo Nordisk DW12-Chevy after finishing a career-best 9th in the point standings in 2013. Briscoe will join TCGR full-time in the #8 NTT Data DW12-Chevy to complete the '14 lineup.

2014 Forecast: When you see the word excellence in the racing vocabulary, there's a good chance you'll see a Target car next to the description. In their last 18 years of competition between CART and Indycar, TCGR has claimed 10 season titles and four Indy 500 wins. The switch to Chevy power will be interesting to see as they now have the same package as rival Team Penske. 2013 was an aberration of sorts for TCGR at Indy in seeing they were a non-factor. Look for them to again be in the mix at the Brickyard. As far as the season goes, Dixon will continue to be consistent. Kanaan has arguably the best car of his career. Kimball looks to continue his climb up the point standings, and Briscoe after a year away from full-time status, looks to be hungry and raise his game to join his teammates to compete for wins and the championship

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