IRL: Chicagoland: Chip Ganassi qualifying report

Front Row Start for Target in Season Finale at Chicagoland Joliet, Illinois, September 9, 2006-- Target Chip Ganassi Racing has a front row start for one final chance at the IndyCar Series 2006 Championship in this weekend's 200 lap shootout at...

Front Row Start for Target in Season Finale at Chicagoland

Joliet, Illinois, September 9, 2006-- Target Chip Ganassi Racing has a front row start for one final chance at the IndyCar Series 2006 Championship in this weekend's 200 lap shootout at the 1.5 mile Chicagoland Speedway. Scott Dixon will start from the second spot on the grid after qualifying with a fast lap of 214.592 mph (25.4996 seconds).Teammate Dan Wheldon earned a third place starting position with a qualifying lap speed of 214.387 mph (25.5239 seconds).

Heading into Sunday's season finale, Helio Castroneves (441 points), who has a one-point lead over Penske teammate and pole sitter Sam Hornish Jr.(440 points), will start fourth. Wheldon (422) is within 19 points of the leader, while his Target teammate, Dixon (420), is also still very much in contention just 21 points behind in the Championship standings.

"There's no pressure at all actually", said Wheldon, who would like to defend not only his win at Chicagoland last season but his 2005 Championship title as well." The Target Team is in a situation where it's all or nothing, and that's how we view things. We didn't come to Chicago to finish second, third or fourth in the Championship. I want to win it. To do that I have to win the race and lead the most laps. It's that simple. We're prepared to do anything in our power, within reason of course, to get the job done. We're focused on winning the race to get us in position for winning the championship. Right now that is all that matters to us."

"We've got to go out there for the win, "says Dixon who would also like to become a two time IndyCar Series Champ. "We'll need to be aggressive and try to lead the most laps and a bit of luck might help too. We've had some missed opportunities this year but this is not one we will be just giving away."

-credit: cgr

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