CHAMPCAR/CART: Motegi: Team Target preview

What: Bridgestone Potenza 500, round three of the 20-race CART FedEx Championship Series. When: Saturday, April 27. Broadcast: Friday, April 26 - 11:30 p.m. Eastern live on Speed Channel. Broadcast live on CART Radio Network affiliates. Coverage...

What: Bridgestone Potenza 500, round three of the 20-race CART FedEx Championship Series.

When: Saturday, April 27. Broadcast: Friday, April 26 - 11:30 p.m. Eastern live on Speed Channel. Broadcast live on CART Radio Network affiliates. Coverage of practice, qualifying and the race is also live on CART.com. Qualifying --- Friday, April 26.

Where: The 1.548-mile oval in Motegi, Japan.

History: Team Target has recorded two poles at Twin Ring Motegi and Kenny Brack returns as the defending champion of the event.

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

Kenny Brack is the defending champion of the Bridgestone Potenza 500.

All four of Brack's victories have come on oval tracks.

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

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

Bruno Junqueira qualified 5th last year in Motegi.

Junqueira captured his first career victory last season at Road America.

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

In his very first oval race in Nazareth last year, Junqueira scored the first pole position of his CART career.

Team Target

Team Target has captured 38 career victories.

Team Target has scored at least one championship point in 12 of the last 13 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 32 of the 113 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 $75 to Target House.

QUOTES:

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

"It's going to be great to get to Japan. It's always special to return to a track that you have won on. This will be even better since it's the place that I got my first win. I like the ovals and Team Target has a good oval setup. You never know what will happen, but I feel really confident that I can win this race again. We are starting to gain some momentum with our performance last week in Long Beach. That was really our first race as a team since we only completed a few turns down in Mexico. Things went pretty well for us during the race in Long Beach. We had some great pit stops and the car was good throughout the race."

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

"Japan was good and bad for me last year. I qualified fifth and we had a good car during the weekend. But, unfortunately I wasn't able to finish more than one lap. I spun on the first lap and that ended our day. It was a long way to go for just one lap. But I learned a lot in my first year and I think that this year will be a lot better for us. I had a lot of good results last year on the ovals. I won my first pole last year in Nazareth and had had five top-10 finishes on ovals last year. I think that we have a good chance to win this weekend in Japan."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bruno Junqueira , Kenny Brack , Chip Ganassi
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing