IPS: IRL: Watkins Glen: Chip Ganassi Racing Saturday notes

TARGET TEAM QUALIFIES ON FRONT ROW AT WATKINS GLEN INTERNATIONAL THIS WEEKEND'S INDYCAR ACTION: Target Team drivers Scott Dixon (No.9 Target Honda-powered Dallara) and Dan Wheldon (No.10 Target Honda-powered Dallara) hit the road for the second...

TARGET TEAM QUALIFIES ON FRONT ROW AT WATKINS GLEN INTERNATIONAL

THIS WEEKEND'S INDYCAR ACTION: Target Team drivers Scott Dixon (No.9 Target Honda-powered Dallara) and Dan Wheldon (No.10 Target Honda-powered Dallara) hit the road for the second road/street course of the 2007 IndyCar season at the historic 3.37-mile road circuit of Watkins Glen International in New York. The Camping World Watkins Glen Grand Prix is the 10th race in 17-race 2007 season.

TV RACE BROADCAST AIR DATE: 3:30 pm (ET) Live on ABC, Sunday, July 8, 2007

INDYCAR QUALIFYING RECAP: Scott Dixon set the second fastest lap time of 1:29.5686 in the Firestone Fast Six Shootout and will start on the front row, his third front-row start of the season, next to the pole winner, Helio Castroneves (1:29.1919) Following single car qualifying, Dixon had the provisional pole and made the top six for the shootout while Target teammate Dan Wheldon qualified 10th and will start from the fifth row on the grid.

INDY PRO SERIES RACE #1: In the first race of the Pro Series weekend at Watkins Glen, Chris Festa and the no.9 CareCentric Target started from the 17th place position on the grid but spun and hit the barrier on lap 8. He will start 21st in Race #2 on Sunday morning.

TARGET CHIP GANASSI RACING QUOTEBOARD:

Scott Dixon: "We did a good job on the Target side. We definitely had the laps to do it, we just couldn't piece them together. Then my last lap, I was up four-tenths, which would have put us happily ahead, but I was getting a bit sketchy at the end trying to push it a little bit harder to make sure we could get the pole. We came up a little short. More my fault than the guys. I just need to piece it together next time." (About hitting the bird late in the session) "I think they were trying to feed on something out there and they tried to get out of the way, but it just sucked them in. Next lap I could definitely see the scatter of feathers and knew I hit them. I didn't feel it initially, but there's definitely a lot of feathers out there in the bus stop (Inner Loop)."

Dan Wheldon: "I'm still struggling on the road courses and it's quite frustrating but we're working to rectify that with three more road or street courses on the schedule. Not quite what we were hoping to do in qualifying but the races have been quite unpredictable this year. We're just going to have our work cut out for us and work on strategy and see what happens."

-credit: cgr

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