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Franchitti looks ahead to 2012

"[Dario] has the ability to understand the whole picture, understand where he is in the whole picture, where he needs to be,| continued Ganassi. "Without much fanfare, he figures out how to get the job done. I would say that's a lot like [his current team mate, Scott] Dixon."

Ganassi was also quick to credit his entire team operation in the achievements of dominating the last half decade of open wheel racing in the US since the reunification of the sport under the IndyCar banner.

"You have so many people that work so, so hard putting this thing together," he said. "That's what's great about having a great team of people, whether it's having a great driver, having a great team manager, having a great engineer, having a great crew chief. It takes a whole team these days to win these things. I couldn't be more proud of our people."

And Franchitti was in full agreement that a lot of his ability to go out on the race track and get the job done was having confidence that he had the very best equipment under him.

"I have so much faith in every single person that works for Team Target. They do their job; I don't have to worry about it," he said. "They're the best in the business. They give me such confidence, whether it's Barry and Chip and Chris calling the strategy, Chris with the engineer and the boys on the car, Kevin O'Donnell, all the guys. I don't worry about it."

As for his future, Franchitti denied that he had any plans to quit any time soon.

"I haven't really thought about [life after driving] so much," he insisted. "I would say the last really four or five years, I haven't looked that far ahead. I've just kept my focus really quite close and am enjoying what I'm doing, stay focused on that, being successful. I think that has worked.

"In some ways being part of the Target team with Chip as well has kind of taught me that, how those guys go racing," he added. "That's been kind of a lesson I've learned: keep the focus on the here and now and try to do your maximum."

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15-21 MAY, 2010, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA #10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing`s Dario Franchitti, Indy 500 Winner with Chip Ganassi and milk.
Scott Dixon on track during Friday Practice at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 20. [Picture credit: Ron McQueeney for IndyCar Media]
Team owners Chip Ganassi (middle) and Roger Penske (right) talk at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, with the managing director of Target Chip Ganassi Racing, Mike Hull (left.) [Picture credit: IndyCar Media]
Dario Franchitti at Motegi. [Photo credit: IndyCar Media]
Will Power and Dario Franchitti in pit lane at Kentucky Speedway. [Picture Credit: Bret Kelley for IndyCar Media]
Ganassi team mates Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti watch Danica Patrick practice from the pit wall at the Milwaukee Mile - June 2011. [Picture credit: Chris Jones 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]
Scott Dixon Road America
Scott Dixon - Chip Ganassi Indy Car [credit: IndyCar TV Twitter]
Scott Dixon Indy 500
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Max Chilton Indy 500 2017
Scott Dixon [credit: IndyCar Series]
Scott Dixon Indy 500 qualifying
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Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi Racing) on his way to victory at Watkins Glen   [pic credit: Indycar media/Chris Owens]
Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi Racing) on his way to pole at Watkins Glen   [pic credit: Indycar media/Chris Owens]
Scott Dixon leads the Indycar field   [pic credit: Indycar media/Bret Kelley]

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