CHAMPCAR/CART: Denver: Chip Ganassi Racing preview

Team Target heads to the "Wild, Wild West"; Dixon to drive No. 44 Coors Light "Silver Bullet". Indianapolis, IN - Team Target heads west this weekend to compete in the inaugural Shell Grand Prix of Denver. Not only is Team Target returning to ...

Team Target heads to the "Wild, Wild West"; Dixon to drive No. 44 Coors Light "Silver Bullet".

Indianapolis, IN - Team Target heads west this weekend to compete in the inaugural Shell Grand Prix of Denver. Not only is Team Target returning to Denver for the first time since 1991, but this weekend also provides the opportunity for a new twist to the season. Second-year sensation Scott Dixon will drive the No. 44 Coors Light Toyota/Lola this weekend in Denver. The "Silver Bullet" will resemble the No. 40 Coors Light Dodge driven by Sterling Marlin in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. Dixon is excited about the opportunity to drive his newly painted car on the streets of Denver.

"It's great to have a company like Coors on board for the Denver race," Dixon said. "The car just looks fast, even when it's standing still. I'm proud to carry their colors next weekend to show our appreciation. I can't wait to get this thing out on the streets of Denver and try to bring home a victory in front of the great people in Denver. I was here last week and turned a few laps in the pace cars. It's going to be a great race."

Joining Dixon this weekend is Bruno Junqueira, the 2002 Indy 500 pole winner and last year's runner up in the CART FedEx Series Championship Kenny Brack. Junqueira will pilot the No. 4 Target Toyota/Lola and Brack will driver the No. 12 Target Toyota/Lola. Junqueira, who won the pole and the race in Motegi, Japan earlier this season, is looking forward to racing on the streets of Denver.

"Scott (Dixon) and I were out here last week and we were able to make some laps on the circuit," Junqueira said. "And it's going to be a neat track to race on. Although we were only going half the speed, places like turn 5 are going to give us a chance to overtake. We really need to get a good finish this weekend to stay in the championship race. (On Denver) The city is beautiful, it's definitely a place that I'd like to live in. The climate and the mountains are awesome. It should be a great event."

1999 Indy 500 winner Kenny Brack rounds out the Team Target trio and is looking to get back on track this weekend. In Montreal last weekend, Brack was taken out of the race on the first lap. It marks the fourth time this season that Brack did not more than one lap. Remarkably, Brack ranks 5th in laps led and is third in amount of times led this season. Brack comes to Denver looking to score his first win of the season.

"It's been a frustrating season so far," Brack said. "Most of what has happened to us this year has been out of our control. And that happens in racing. But, we've been bitten by the bad luck bug a lot this season, and I'd love to get on the winning track this weekend in Denver."

Team Target last raced in Denver in 1991, with then-driver Eddie Cheever, Jr. scoring a 4th place finish. Coverage of qualifying and the race can be seen this weekend on Speed Channel.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Sterling Marlin , Bruno Junqueira , Scott Dixon , Kenny Brack , Chip Ganassi
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing