IRL: Indy 500: Chip Ganassi Racing day five report

THREE FOR THREE AS TARGET TEAM FASTEST ONCE AGAIN AT INDY INDY 500 DAY 3 PRACTICE (May 9)-- The Target team was atop the timing charts for a third straight day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This time it was Scott Dixon who took the honours in...

THREE FOR THREE AS TARGET TEAM FASTEST ONCE AGAIN AT INDY

INDY 500 DAY 3 PRACTICE (May 9)-- The Target team was atop the timing charts for a third straight day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This time it was Scott Dixon who took the honours in the final moments of practice as the fastest car on track with a speed of 226.473 mph. Teammate Dan Wheldon, who topped the time sheets for the first two days, put in the third fastest time at 226.206 mph.

Scott Dixon: "(About flying under the radar): "I think it's good. I'd rather just fly under the radar and hopefully get the job done. It doesn't always work out that way. Dan's very fast here, and I think he deserves a lot of the media he has been getting. He's done some pretty good races this year. I think we, maybe, have messed up a few times. At Kansas, I think we had a good shot at winning and then we stepped on our own feet and then (Brian) Barnhart stepped on it more. But, yeah, I actually prefer to like it. I don't necessarily go out looking for people to talk to."

(About having tow on fast laps): "We only did two sets. We only did two laps on the first one, and I think three on the second. The 226 laps on the first set, and we came in because we were getting some traffic, so we opted to just throw on another set and go out a little bit. So we went out and I think we did a 226.4. There was a car a good little ways off in the distance, probably about six or seven seconds, which, around here, I think it's pretty difficult to not get, at least, some help, but I think when you're in that situation and everyone is running, it's the same situation for everybody. Our car was falling off a little bit. I think the last lap that we were out there, I think was probably a (2)25.99, I think, so we still have a little bit to work on, but I think our car, at the end of the day was laying down those laps pretty respectfully."

(About trying to sandbag): "No, I mean, we still have three weeks, so we just have to keep our minds focused on what we're trying to achieve. At the moment, I think we're focusing on a higher downforce and then try to trim it off. Today we were kind of off and didn't know where we were, especially running in the heat of the day. We were quite slow, and I think that took a little bit of a toll on the whole team. Everyone was kind of down and didn't look really happy. I think at the end of the day, when we put a setup on that we were happy with, and kind of trimmed it out a bit, the car came to life and we were able to do it. But hey, it's only Thursday. Dan's still pretty quick, and I don't think we've seen nearly anything from Penske yet. (Ryan) Briscoe seemed to show it a little bit today. We'll just have to see what they come with tomorrow."

(About possibly withdrawing a car on Pole Day): "I guess it's going to depend on where you're at in the draw and how the day is playing out. There's going to be so many different scenarios. It's going to depend on whether it's us two fighting over the pole, I can see Chip not really liking that. And, as always, it's going to depend on what kind of mood Chip's in in that hour. It's going to be hard to know. Chip is as competitive as both Dan and myself, and we do really want the pole and I think we're going to fight for it as hard as we can. I think we're going to take anything, so I think we'll gamble for it if we're not sitting on pole position. We'll be trying our hardest and using all three attempts to do it."

Dan Wheldon: "(About the changes at the top of the speed chart end of day): The end of the day was exciting. Everyone was trying to lay down a lap. We definitely feel strong with our program. We're just working on the car and getting a little closer to qualifying trim because Pole Day is coming up. I think for the most part we are in good shape. Everybody has been working very hard and we just keep trying to improve the car gradually."

(About the importance of Fast Friday): It's always important to fine tune your car and get it good for qualifying. Fast Friday is a chance for you to try what you're going to have come qualifying. But it's not an end all, be all. You don't get any points; you do get a little bit of money tomorrow. Pole Day is important, but again, the big picture is the race."

-credit: cgr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Scott Dixon , Dan Wheldon , Chip Ganassi
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing