IPS: IRL: Iowa: Chip Ganassi Racing Saturday notes

TARGET TEAM EARNS POLE POSITION IN IOWA QUALIFYING RESULTS: Target driver Scott Dixon earned the AAMCO Transmissions Pole Award for setting the fastest lap in qualifying for the Iowa Corn Indy 250 at Iowa Speedway. Dixon turned a lap of ...

TARGET TEAM EARNS POLE POSITION IN IOWA

QUALIFYING RESULTS: Target driver Scott Dixon earned the AAMCO Transmissions Pole Award for setting the fastest lap in qualifying for the Iowa Corn Indy 250 at Iowa Speedway. Dixon turned a lap of 17.6484 seconds, 182.360 mph, in the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda-powered Dallara, bumping Helio Castroneves from the top spot by just 0.0085 of a second, and earning his first pole of the 2007 season, the seventh of his career.

Dixon's previous pole position was on the road course at Sonoma's Infineon Raceway in 2006 but his last pole position on an oval track was at Nazareth in 2003. This is also the 13th pole for Target Chip Ganassi Racing in the IndyCar Series with its' previous pole coming at Homestead-Miami Speedway earlier this season courtesy of Dan Wheldon.

Target teammate Dan Wheldon qualified ninth with a speed of 181.503 mph.

PRO SERIES RACE ACTION: Festa battled handling difficulties throughout the weekend and started 18th on the grid for the IOWA 115 and brought the no.9 CARECENTRIC Target car across the finish line in 16th place. The race will be televised at 12:00 pm, Tuesday, July 3rd on ESPN2.

TARGET CHIP GANASSI QUOTEBOARD:

Scott Dixon: "We knew we had a decent car going into qualifying but we didn't think we had a car for the pole, but definitely the top-five. Once I saw my first lap, I was like, 'Wow, this thing is definitely quick.' I made a few mistakes on my line, especially in Turn 3. My car seemed to be a little edgy on entry into there and I sort of moved up the track a little bit, so I think I left a little bit on the table. All in all, it's been a good couple days for the Target team. Plus we've worked on the car, we've improved it and it's got good speed. It was too bad we crashed the no.9 Commit car in Texas but to bring it back, put it on pole is really terrific. We put a huge emphasis on starting from the front at Iowa because of yesterday and learning how tough it is to pass. Hopefully we can stay there."

Dan Wheldon: "We didn't quite get the best out of the Target car today as the car was a bit too loose. What is going to be different tomorrow is the temperature. Right now it is very difficult to pass. Tomorrow, a driver is going to have to be very aggressive but I hope everybody is going to be sensible at the same time."

-credit: cgr

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Series IndyCar , Indy Lights
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Scott Dixon , Dan Wheldon , Chip Ganassi
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing