INDYCAR: Franchitti Wins Canadian Crashfest

Target Chip Ganassi Racing finished 1-2 as Dario Franchitti led home teammate Scott Dixon by .735 in a day that was filled with constant contact.

Marshall Pruett  |  Posted July 10, 2011

Fans at the Honda Indy Toronto got to see an entire season of crash highlights condensed into a single race today, as the majority of the field made contact at some point during the 85-lap race.

Dario Franchitti was included in the “Made Contact” category, yet went on to earn his fourth win of the year and 30th of his career, and it wasn’t without controversy.

Fighting Team Penske’s Will Power for position, the Scot spun Power on exit of Turn 3 on Lap 57–the site of most contact on Sunday–dropping the Aussie down the running order.

Franchitti was not penalized for the avoidable incident–his left front wheel hit Power’s right rear wheel–on a day where questionable non-calls were made on a fairly frequent basis.

Power’s day soon came to an end when Alex Tagliani punted the Verizon Wireless car hard into the wall at Turn 5 on Lap 66.

While the Franchitti and Power have maintained a cordial and respectful relationship throughout their time together in the IZOD IndyCar Series, from Power’s perspective, that dynamic clearly changed during today’s race.

“It was a pretty dirty move,” he said of Franchitti. “Does anybody penalize that guy? He drove me into wall at St. Pete, but I didn’t say anything about it. He did it again today. I’m really disappointed in Dario. The guy who mouths off about everyone races the most dirty.”

Power wasn’t done speaking his mind, offering his thoughts about the driver who parked him against the wall: “I think [Tagliani] hit me. He’s a bit of a wanker.”

 

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