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Franchitti: 'we can fix the car' for 2012

Dario said that he was genuinely enjoying the challenge of getting the new car into shape, after so many years of the series relying on the same old tried-and-tested equipment that everyone had come to know inside out.

"It's been fun and a little frustrating, too," he said, having not had the chance to take the new car out in track since November. "I really have enjoyed - fully expected to - working with Honda again, tweaking the bits and pieces, working on all those areas we know we'll need to get right to be competitive. That's been a lot of fun."

As well as the new chassis, there's also the return to the series of multiple engine manufacturers to the competition, which should add a fascinating new dimension to the series in 2012.

"With the manufacturer race that's coming up as well with Lotus, Chevy and Honda, I'm excited about that part of it," Franchitti said. "It's going to be interesting to see who gets it right, who doesn't get it so right, so closely they're going to be matched. That's one part of it. I have total faith in the Target team they'll get as much as they possibly can out of this car."



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Dario Franchitti in the Ganassi pit area before heading out for practice on the streets of Toronto. July 2011. [Picture credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media]
Dan Wheldon back in a modern-era Target Chip Ganassi car - it could only happen at Goodwood`s Festival of Speed, sadly. [Picture credit: Steve Shunck for IndyCar Media]
Target Chip Ganassi Racing Team Owner and Nine-Time INDYCAR Champion Chip Ganassi and Four-Time INDYCAR Champion Dario Franchitti with the IZOD IndyCar Series World Championship Trophy. [Photo credit: LAT Photography]
Ganassi team mates Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti talk during qualifying at Kentucky Speedway [Photo credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media]
Dan Wheldon takes the new 2012 Dalara IndyCar Safety Cell/chassis on its maiden on-track shakedown at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. August 2011. [Photo credit: Michael Levitt LAT for IndyCar Media]
The new DW12 is tested at Las Vegas Motor Speedway by Honda and Chevrolet drivers
Dan Wheldon at the wheel of the 2012 IndyCar Safety Cell during summer testing of the new chassis at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. [Photo credit: Walt Kuhn]
Scott Dixon sprays the champagne in Victory Circle following his win in the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon is congratulated by Dario Franchitti after winning the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series Championship. (Photo by: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon with a victory kiss from his wife, Emma, following clinching the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series Championship. (Photo by: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon celebrates his victory in the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma and the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series Championship. (Photo by: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon wins the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series Championship, his fourth series championship of his career. (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, races to victory Sunday, August 30, 2015, winning the final Verizon IndyCar Series race of the season and the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series Driver`s Championship at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California. Chevrolet also wins its fourth consecutive Verizon IndyCar Series Manufacturer`s Championship. (Photo by Ernie Masche/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Scott Dixon (left), driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrates his victory Sunday, August 30, 2015, after winning the final Verizon IndyCar Series race of the season and the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series Driver`s Championship at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California. Joining him on the podium is Charlie Kimball, driver of the #83 Novolog Flexpen Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6 who finished third. Chevrolet won its fourth consecutive Verizon IndyCar Series Manufacturer`s Championship. (Photo by Phillip Abbott/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, takes the chequered flag Sunday, August 30, 2015, winning the final Verizon IndyCar Series race of the season and the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series Driver`s Championship at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California. Chevrolet also wins its fourth consecutive Verizon IndyCar Series Manufacturer`s Championship. (Photo by Perry Nelson/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, races to victory Sunday, August 30, 2015, winning the final Verizon IndyCar Series race of the season and the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series Driver`s Championship at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California. Chevrolet also wins its fourth consecutive Verizon IndyCar Series Manufacturer`s Championship. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Scott Dixon - 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series champion - Target Chip Ganassi Racing (Photo by: Bret Kelley for IndyCar Media)
Scott Dixon celebrates after winning the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma and clinching the 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series championship at Sonoma Raceway (Photo by: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)

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