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A Moment with Mike Hull: Target Chip Ganassi Racing (TCGR) Managing Director Mike Hull reflected on what makes a team successful at a new track. "What is special about the IndyCar Series is the diversity of race tracks that are coming onto the...

A Moment with Mike Hull: Target Chip Ganassi Racing (TCGR) Managing Director Mike Hull reflected on what makes a team successful at a new track.

"What is special about the IndyCar Series is the diversity of race tracks that are coming onto the schedule. To work toward wins, you need the most versatile drivers, who are supported by open-minded team members especially when you visit new tracks. It's exciting to see the schedule moving forward and it is becoming a true championship for driver skills." Hull further explained how the team likens the Edmonton course to other tracks, "Edmonton's runways which are connected by taxi-ways are similar to Cleveland in the regard that both tracks visually demonstrate how special a driver and chassis set-up need to be. An airport circuit allows passionate spectators, as well as everyone in pit lane to see the entire race track -- you can't hide! The challenge is enormous because the cars are exposed for an entire lap so your strengths and weaknesses are demonstrated in public view. There's definitely a pressure to perform."

Scott Dixon and the No. 9 Target Honda Team

Season to date: IndyCar Series points leader Dixon and championship contender Helio Castroneves are the only drivers to finish in the top five in nine of the 11 races this season.

Leading the Laps: Dixon needs to lead just 32 laps to become the fifth driver to lead 2,000 laps in his IndyCar career. The others to lead at least 2,000 laps are Sam Hornish Jr. (3,428), Castroneves (2,833), Target teammate Dan Wheldon (2,735) and Tony Kanaan (2,478). Dixon has also led 686 laps this season, which is tops for 2008. The record for most laps led in a season is 889 by Tony Kanaan in 2004.

Happy Birthday: Dixon celebrated his 28th birthday on Tuesday (July 22). He spent the day relaxing on Geist Reservoir on the northeast side of Indianapolis with wife Emma before an early flight Wednesday on the TCGR team plane to Edmonton.

Championship Contention: Dixon enters Saturday's race with a 58-point advantage over Castroneves in the championship, which marks the second largest lead he's enjoyed all season (63 after Nashville).

Dan Wheldon and the No. 10 Target Honda Team

Due Preparation: When racing at a new track, Wheldon ensures that he studies the in-car camera footage from other drivers that have driven on the track and have been competitive. He prefers to look at the most recent footage to gauge his approach at the venue. He also looks at the telemetry that the TCGR team is able to provide. Finally he'll take advantage of the track walk around the airport circuit with his engineers when he arrives in Edmonton this weekend.

Edmonton Anticipation: Wheldon will make his first trip to Edmonton this weekend. He anticipates that although the track is different from most circuits, "it seems to flow like Cleveland with a surface that may be like Nashville."

CHASSIS INFO

No. 9 Target Honda: IR6-3; No previous race wins, chassis raced last week at Mid-Ohio.

No.10 Target Honda: IR6-2; Wheldon won with this chassis at Chicago in 2006; chassis also ran last week at Mid-Ohio.

- credit: cgr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Dan Wheldon , Chip Ganassi , Mike Hull , Sam Hornish Jr.
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing