IRL: Indy 500: Chip Ganassi Racing day four report

Dan Wheldon ...

Dan Wheldon #10 Target Honda Dallara --

Best Speed:    225.636 mph

Best Time: 39.8872 seconds

"I think today the team was working very hard in utilizing the track time as best we possibly can because of the weather. We think the weather could set in a lot before qualifying so that the amount of track time we will get is very limited. We definitely improved the car today, but as you know it's a long month and lot of stuff could still happen. We are working hard. The balance is better today for sure. The thing with this month is that with so much track time available, you got to improve it (the car) all the time and that's what we are trying to do."

Scott Dixon #9 Target Honda Dallara --

Best Speed:    223.830 mph

Best Time: 40.2091 seconds

"We had a pretty productive day and definitely made some improvements. We spent a little too much time on old tires at the start and got a little lost. By the time we got back out of new tires, the track wasn't quite as fast. We did a lot of running on our own so we didn't get the tow the others were to post their fastest time. I'm reasonably happy with what we were able to accomplish before the rain came."

NOTES:

Today's Practice- Driver of the no.10 Target Honda, Dan Wheldon broke the 225 mph barrier and sat atop the scoring tower for most of the day (225.636 mph) until shortly before the rain shortened practice when Sam Hornish Jr. (226.056 mph) topped the speed charts for the second consecutive day. Target teammate Scott Dixon placed eighth with a speed of 223.830 mph.

Coming Up This Month - Target Chip Ganassi Racing, along with drivers Scott Dixon and Dan Wheldon are preparing for the 90th running of the prestigious Indianapolis 500. Qualifying is set to take place on the 2.5 mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway this Saturday, May 13th (Pole Day) from 12 to 6 pm EDT. Teams will take to the track everyday for practice from 12 noon to 6 pm, weather permitting.

First All IndyCar Practice (Practice 1)-- Scott Dixon and defending race winner Dan Wheldon took to the track aboard their Honda Dallaras for the first time this month in preparation for the famed race. Wheldon posted the third fastest lap time of the day with a speed of 223.916 mph, followed closely by Scott Dixon in fourth spot with a speed of 223.797 mph. Both Target cars were just behind the Penske 1-2 of Sam Hornish Jr. and Helio Castroneves. A light rain forced the track to close with just over an hour remaining in practice

"Gentlemen, Start your Honda!"- Both Target cars and each Indianapolis 500 entrant will receive a new Honda Indy V-8 engine for first day of practice on May 9. Teams must use that engine through practice and qualifying. All qualified cars will receive a new engine for Carb Day for use in the race. IndyCar Series regulars must use the same engine for the event at Watkins Glen.

"It makes it more of a challenge, and you're limited to 1,200 miles on the first motor," says Target Team manager of Race Operations, Barry Wanser. "We did more than that last year with Scott (Dixon), especially when you start doing full-tank running the second week. It will be a challenge to make the most of it. It's the same for everybody, but you have to be careful with your track management and time to get the most out it. The first week is all about getting the pole. You could throw in some full-tank running in the mix of doing qualifying sims. It definitely will be interesting for everybody."

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