CHAMPCAR/CART: Chicago: Team Target Ganassi Racing preview

What: CART Grand Prix of Chicago. When: Sunday, June 30. Broadcast: 3:30 p.m. Eastern live on CBS. Coverage of practice, qualifying and the race is also live on CART.com. Qualifying --- Saturday, June 29. Where: The 1.029-mile oval in Cicero,...

What: CART Grand Prix of Chicago.

When: Sunday, June 30. Broadcast: 3:30 p.m. Eastern live on CBS. Coverage of practice, qualifying and the race is also live on CART.com. Qualifying --- Saturday, June 29.

Where: The 1.029-mile oval in Cicero, Ill.

Fast Facts:

Kenny Brack - No.12 Target Toyota/Lola Bridgestone

Kenny Brack won 4 races, 6 poles and led 621 laps last season. These were season-highs in the three categories.

Brack led 581 laps on ovals last year.

Brack led at least one lap in 7 of the 8 oval races in 2001.

In 2001, Brack qualified 8th or better in every oval race.

Brack has four top-5 starts this year.

Has led a lap in 4 straight races.

Currently stands 9th in points.

Bruno Junqueira - No. 4 Target Toyota/Lola/Bridgestone

Bruno Junqueira qualified third and finished second last week in Portland.

Junqueira has qualified no worse than 7th in all 7 races so far this year

His qualifying average of 3.6 leads all CART drivers.

Junqueira captured his second career victory in Motegi, Japan.

Junqueira on his second pole this year at last month's 86th running of the Indianapolis 500.

Junqueira recorded 5 top-10 finishes on ovals last year, including a fifth place finish in his first Indianapolis 500.

Currently stands 2nd in points.

Scott Dixon - No. 44 Target Toyota/Lola/Bridgestone

With his win last year in Nazareth, Dixon became the youngest winner (20 Years, 9 months) in major open-wheel racing history.

Dixon captured the 2001 Jim Trueman Rookie-of-the-year award.

Dixon won the 2000 Dayton Indy Lights Championship with 6 victories in 12 races.

Was the 2001 leader in laps completed.

Finished 8th in the championship last year.

Has recorded 5 top-10 finishes this year, including 3 straight top-7 finishes since joining Team Target.

In his first race with Team Target, Dixon qualified 4th and finished 6th.

Last week, Dixon qualified 12th and finished 7th.

Currently stands 7th in points.

Team Target
Team Target has captured 38 career victories.
Team Target has scored at least one championship point in 16 of the last 17 races, including 10 in a row.
Team Target won 34 of the 92 CART FedEx Series events from 1996 through 2000.
Team Target has claimed four CART FedEx Series championships (1996-1999) and won the Indianapolis 500 in 2000.
Team Target drivers have claimed 34 of the 118 pole positions since 1996.

For the sixth straight season, Target Chip Ganassi Racing is raising money for Target House at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital by donating $5,000 for victories, $1,000 for pole positions and $25 for each lap led. The team has donated more than $240,000 since 1997. So far this year, the team has donated $10,925 to Target House, eclipsing last year's total of $10,350.

Team Target has qualified two cars in the top-5 in five straight races.

QUOTES:

Kenny Brack - No. 12 Target Toyota/Lola/Bridgestone

"It's always great to return as the defending champion to a race. Chicago is no different. It's going to be exciting to get back to Chicago this weekend. We were so close to getting our first victory of the season in the last race in Portland. We really had the car to beat there. We should be pretty good in Chicago, but we'll have to wait and see. There are a lot of strong cars out there and it's going to be a battle, that's for sure."

Bruno Junqueira - No. 4 Target Toyota/Lola/Bridgestone

"Chicago is one of my favorite cities in the world. I like to try and spend time there whenever I can. We're second in the points right now and we've been pretty consistent all year long. Our oval car setup is really good. We won the pole and won the race in Motegi, and we qualified fifth in Milwaukee. Hopefully, we'll have a fast car in Chicago as well and bring home another victory for Team Target."

Scott Dixon - No. 44 Target Toyota/Lola/Bridgestone

"Chicago will be pretty similar to Milwaukee. The tracks are fairly close in their design, which should be pretty good for us. In my first race with Team Target, I qualified fourth in Milwaukee and ran second for a good portion of the race. This team has a good handle on the oval setup, so I'm pretty confident about our chances this weekend up in Chicago. A key to the race is going to be how well you qualify, because it is going to be difficult to pass up there. If we can qualify up front, we'll give ourselves a good chance to win."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bruno Junqueira , Scott Dixon , Kenny Brack , Chip Ganassi
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing , Chip Ganassi Racing , ART Grand Prix