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12/11/13
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Who will replace Franchitti in the No. 10 Target IndyCar?  UPDATE We may be on the verge of finding out who will replace the retired Dario Franchitti in the No. 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet (pictured) for the 2014 IndyCar Series.

This afternoon, TCGR confirmed a press conference for tomorrow morning at the Performance Racing Industry trade show that’s currently ongoing in Indianapolis.

The release noted that team officials would make “major announcements” concerning the upcoming season.

12/11/13 Q: Help me here. Marshall Pruett says that it looks like Ryan Briscoe will get the No. 10 ride for Chip Ganassi. Why? There isn't one thing about that hire that excites me. Ryan has had lots of chances having been with Ganassi before and also Penske. Chip said he wanted to make a splash. This at best would be a pebble falling in a puddle. Why not go for Paul Di Resta or someone from outside the series? Or how about Conor Daly? (I know he's an American) If he wants to get another driver from the series, what about Justin Wilson? Who deserves it more, Wilson or Briscoe?

In my opinion it's not even close, it's Justin by a landslide. (Does Chip hold it against Justin that he pulled his car in a few years ago at Daytona when he heard a sound under the car and it cost the team the victory?) Or is this just a one-year deal until he can try and get Pagenaud next year when he is available? If it happens it's very disappointing. Also why in the world can't Justin Wilson get on one of the good teams? I think he's one of the very best. Paul, Indianapolis

RM: I think most everyone (except Chip) agrees that JWill is long overdue for a seat with one of those red cars but it's not going to happen. The reason I thought T.K. would get No. 10 and Briscoe would then take over No. 8 for Ganassi is that sponsor NTT Data likes Ryan and Kanaan would be media magic for Target. But T.K. told us that his Brazilian sponsors had to be with him and Target doesn't share space with anyone outside its company umbrella (nor should it), so it was not a slam dunk he was headed for the No. 10. Marshall revealed Briscoe had been released from his Panther contract, which opened the door for Ganassi. So maybe it's a one-year deal until Hinchcliffe or Pagenaud become available. Unless Di Resta gets the ride.  R. Miller/Racer.com

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