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Team Target riding high after 1-2 finish. Team heads across the pond in search of back-to-back wins. Indianapolis, IN - Team Target heads to England this weekend with aspirations of capturing back-to-back victories for the first time...

Team Target riding high after 1-2 finish.

Team heads across the pond in search of back-to-back wins.

Indianapolis, IN - Team Target heads to England this weekend with aspirations of capturing back-to-back victories for the first time since 2000. Second-year pilots Bruno Junqueira and Scott Dixon pulled off a memorable 1-2 finish last weekend at the Shell Grand Prix of Denver. Junqueira dominated the event, leading all 100 laps. His victory moved him to second place in the championship. Junqueira is hoping to continue the winning trend this weekend in the Rockingham 500 in Corby, England.

"Last weekend was great for this team," Junqueira said. "Now, we have to keep the momentum going in England. We're still in the championship if we can keep performing like we did in Denver. Team Target is capable of that every week. I used to live in England, so it's almost like going home for me. I can't wait to get over there and run on that fast oval. It's going to be fun."

Teammate Scott Dixon scored his best finish of the season last week in Denver, coming home just .28 seconds off the rear wing of Junqueira. Dixon's runner-up finish was also his highest finish since May of 2001, when he became the youngest winner in major open-wheel racing history. The 22-year old Kiwi is poised to better his 8th place finish in the championship last year. Dixon currently stands in 10th place, only 25 points out of 3rd place. Dixon's was excited with his podium finish last weekend in Denver.

"It was great to finally get a good result last weekend in Denver," Dixon said. "It's been a while since I was on the podium and it felt great. We've got some momentum now heading to England. It should be a great race for the fans...as long as it doesn't rain. We have five races left this season and I want to win at least one race before the year is over. Team Target has given me good cars this year, especially on the ovals. I qualified 4th and finished 6th in my first race with the team at Milwaukee. But I was running in second for a good portion of that race. I also finished 6th in Chicago this year, so I'm confident that I'll have a fast car when we get overseas."

Kenny Brack finished 2nd and led 56 laps in England last year. Brack was in search of his 5th victory last year in England and was leading the race with one lap to go, but was passed by Gil de Ferran on the last corner of the last lap. Last year, Brack led 581 laps, won 4 poles and won 4 races on oval tracks last year. The 36-year old Swede is looking forward to returning to the 1.479-mile oval in Corby, England.

"My European tour last year was very successful as I won in Germany and finished second in England," Brack explained. "I hope that England will be a success for me once again. Last year I led a lot of the laps in Rockingham, but was barely edged out in the last corner to finish second. It's a very demanding and fast track and the racing will be very close. We are going there to show the European fans oval racing at its best and I think there will be quite a few Swedish fans there which is always nice." Coverage of qualifying and the race can be seen this weekend on Speed Channel.

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 has qualified 10th or better on every road/street course this year.

Stands 5th in laps led.
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 six top-5 starts this year, five of them coming on road courses.
Brack has started in the top-10 in every road course race this season.
Has five top-6 finishes on the road courses this season.
Currently stands 11th in points.

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

Junqueira has qualified 12th or better in all 14 races so far this year.

Junqueira has qualified 5th or better in the last 4 oval races, including two poles.

Junqueira's average finish of 4.3 on the ovals leads all CART drivers.
Stands 2nd in laps completed.
Stands 3rd in laps led.
Last week in Denver, Junqueira started on the pole, led all 100 laps and captured his third career victory.
Junqueira won the pole at this year's 86th running of the Indianapolis 500.
Junqueira won his fourth pole of the season in Denver last week.
Has five podium finishes this season.
Currently stands 2nd in points.

Scott Dixon - No. 44 Coors Light Toyota/Lola/Bridgestone

His 2nd place finish last week in Denver was his best of season.

Dixon has finished in the top-10 in every oval event this season.

Has qualified 7th or better in 4 of the last 5 events.

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 10 top-10 finishes this year.
Currently stands 10th in points.

Team Target
Team Target has qualified a car in the top-8 in 15 straight races.
Team Target has captured 40 career victories.
Team Target has scored at least one championship point in 18 straight races.
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 36 of the 125 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 $21,175 to Target House, eclipsing last year's total of $10,325.

QUOTES:

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

"It was great to finally get a good result last weekend in Denver. It's been a while since I was on the podium and it felt great. We've got some momentum now heading to England. It should be a great race for the fans...as long as it doesn't rain. We have five races left this season and I want to win at least one race before the year is over. Team Target has given me good cars this year, especially on the ovals. I qualified 4th and finished 6th in my first race with the team at Milwaukee. But I was running in second for a good portion of that race. I also finished 6th in Chicago this year, so I'm confident that I'll have a fast car when we get overseas."

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

"I always like going back to England. I lived there for a few years when I raced in F3000. I have a lot of friends there and it's a great place to visit. It is going to be even nicer this year since I won last week in Denver. We didn't have a good race there last year, when I was taken out on the first lap of the race. It's important for us to do well in England. We're still in the championship if we can keep performing like we did in Denver. Team Target is capable of that every week."

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

"My European tour last year was very successful as I won in Germany and finished second in England. I hope that England will be a success for me once again. Last year I led a lot of the laps in Rockingham, but was barely edged out in the last corner to finish second. It's a very demanding and fast track and the racing will be very close. We are going there to show the European fans oval racing at its best and I think there will be quite a few Swedish fans there which is always nice."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Gil de Ferran , Bruno Junqueira , Scott Dixon , Kenny Brack , Chip Ganassi
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing