Chicagoland: Chip Ganassi Racing preview

Target Chip Ganassi Racing Target helps in Gustav relief: Target is donating more than $300,000 in product for relief packages to support Hurricane Gustav relief assistance efforts, in partnership with the Red Cross. The packages will ...

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Target helps in Gustav relief: Target is donating more than $300,000 in product for relief packages to support Hurricane Gustav relief assistance efforts, in partnership with the Red Cross. The packages will be assembled by volunteers and delegates who are in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area for the Republican National Convention. Target is also offering The Salvation Army a vacant Target store in Dallas, TX, to stock relief product and is providing the American Red Cross (ARC) use of the parking lot at their Covington, LA Target store to use as the ARC's Central Command Center. Target is donating product for a total of 40,000 relief packages (toothpaste, toothbrush, body wash, hand sanitizer and deodorant) and 40,000 emergency food packs (granola, protein bars and other snack items).

Dario to drive No.10 TCGR car: TCGR announced Tuesday that they will be adding 2007 IndyCar Series and Indy 500 champion Dario Franchitti as a teammate to 2008 Indy 500 winner and current points leader Scott Dixon, as the driver of the No.10 Target Honda. Franchitti stated, "Part of the reason that I signed with Ganassi last year was because of how many options that Chip has at his disposal for a driver. You can do almost any form of racing that you want. With unification and the new schedule having more road and street courses it made me think about this more and more. I have really enjoyed this last season in stockcars and have not completely closed that chapter of my professional career but the opportunity that arose was just something I could not pass up."

Scott Dixon and the No. 9 Target Honda Team

Back in 2003: Helio Castroneves was tied with Dixon for first place in the IndyCar championship points entering the final race of the 2003 season. Dixon started and finished second and won the title.

Chicago in the Rear View: Last year's race at Chicagoland Speedway was also a showdown, with Dixon entering the 200-lap event trailing points leader Dario Franchitti by three markers. If he had a half-gallon more ethanol, Dixon might be aiming for his third championship. Franchitti won the race and title when Dixon's car sputtered on the final lap.

Duel in the Windy City: When comparing successes at Chicagoland with Castroneves, both Dixon and the Brazilian have not won at the 1.5-mile oval. Dixon has finished second three times in five starts with an average finish of 6.4. Castroneves has three consecutive top-four finishes with an average finish in six starts of 7.3.

Dan Wheldon and the No. 10 Target Honda Team

Thriving for Third: Just 17 points separate Tony Kanaan and Wheldon for third place in the standings. A difference of $50,000 in team prize money is at stake.

Three, Three, Three: In 16 race starts (excluding season-opener at Homestead), Wheldon entered 12 of 16 races in third place in the points standings. Additionally he entered two races in fourth place (Chicago and Edmonton) and one in fifth place. After Edmonton Wheldon increased his points standing from fourth to third place.

CHASSIS INFO

No. 9 Target Honda (IRL): Chassis IR6-003; Chassis won with Dixon at 2008 IndyCar races at Kentucky and inaugural Edmonton event.

No. 10 Target Honda (IRL): Chassis IR6-002; Car won with Wheldon at Chicagoland Speedway in 2006.

-credit: cgr

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