IRL: Chicagoland: Chip Ganassi Racing preview

Fast Starter Scott Dixon has qualified in the top-6 in 12 straight races. Included in that streak are 5 poles and 2 second place starts. His qualifying average over the last 12 races is a stellar 2.4. Dixon has started on the front row in 8...

Fast Starter

Scott Dixon has qualified in the top-6 in 12 straight races. Included in that streak are 5 poles and 2 second place starts. His qualifying average over the last 12 races is a stellar 2.4.

Dixon has started on the front row in 8 of the last 11 races.

By The Numbers

When Dixon is running at the end of the race, his average finish is 3.0. In the 8 races that he has been running at the finish, he has scored 3 wins, 2 seconds, a fifth and 2 sixth place finishes.

Laps Led Per Start

Dixon has scored an impressive 52 laps led per start this season. He stands second all-time in that category for drivers that have made more than 1 start in their career. Tony Stewart leads with 58.2 laps led per start.

Leading The Way

The season, Dixon has led 677 laps. Teammate Tomas Scheckter has led 303 laps, good enough for fifth place in that category. The team has led a lap in 12 of the 13 races this year.

Pole Winners

With the pole win by Scott Dixon in Nazareth, Team Target has captured seven out of the last eleven poles. Dixon has won 5 poles in the 13 IRL races this year. Both Dixon and Scheckter rank in the top-5 for pole wins in IRL history. The team is also after their 8th pole in the last 14 races. Scott Dixon won the pole in Japan, Richmond, Kansas, Nashville and Nazareth while Tomas Scheckter grabbed the top spot in Texas and Michigan.

Target House Donations Adding Up

So far this season the team has donated $46,525 to Target House and St. Jude's Children's Hospital. Since 1997 the team has donated $5,000 for each win, $1,000 for each pole and $25 for each lap led to the charity. Target House serves as a home away from home for the families of children admitted to St. Jude Children's Hospital.

Quotes

Scott Dixon -- No. 9 Target Toyota

"It's come down to these last three races. We're 42 points out and we've got a shot at the title. It's going to be very exciting for all of us. We tested the last two days in Chicago and learned a lot about the track. It was my first time up there and it's a great facility. We'll probably have to win a few of these last races to have a shot at the championship, but I think we've shown that we're capable of doing that. Team Target has proven that they can win championships and I believe that we can get it done when the season's over."

Tomas Scheckter -- No. 10 Target Toyota

"Scott and I tested in Chicago this week and it went very well. Chicagoland is a lot like Texas and we led something like 145 out of the first 149 laps there. We've been so close to winning so many times this year. I think that we're due for one this weekend. Team Target has given both Scott and I very fast cars week in and week out, things just haven't fallen our way. This team is hungry for a win and so am I."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tony Stewart , Tomas Scheckter , Scott Dixon , Chip Ganassi
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing