IRL: Indy 500: Chip Ganassi Racing day four report

All IndyCar Practice Day 2 Day II Practice at Indy-- Target Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon was the fastest of the three team entries on the second day of practice for the Indianapolis 500 and was ranked third overall on the speed charts with...

All IndyCar Practice Day 2

Day II Practice at Indy-- Target Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon was the fastest of the three team entries on the second day of practice for the Indianapolis 500 and was ranked third overall on the speed charts with a recorded 226.816 miles per hour after returning to the Panoz chassis (No.9 backup car). Teammate Darren Manning spent a limited amount of time on track today but posted a quick time of 224.245 mph in his back up no.10 Target Toyota and was 16th overall on the leaderboard. The no.33 Target Toyota of Ryan Briscoe unfortunately ran over debris from Buddy Rice's car after an accident early in practice. There was some damage that forced the car back to the garage for repair for much of the session but on the positive side, the team saved tires to be able to run at another time. Tony Kanaan ran the fastest lap of the practice setting the bar at 227.453 miles per hour.

Put Your Money Where You Mouth Is!!-- Following the second day of practice for the 89th running of the Indianapolis 500, the hot topic among Target Chip Ganassi Racing drivers Darren Manning and Ryan Briscoe was pole speeds for the May Classic. After much debate, Manning-- being the English gentleman he is-- placed a wager on the soon-to-be-decided estimated four-lap average for pole at 228 mph. His rookie Ganassi stablemate quipped back with a hesitant 226 mph estimate of four tours around the Brickyard.

After going back and forth on who was better versed in matters of velocity, Manning-- the senior member of the group discussion-- decided the issue would have to wait to be settled after Saturday's Pole Day. And what were the stakes placed between the two IndyCar pilots you might ask?... A measly five bucks.

Place Your Bets!!-- If you are looking to place your bets on this year's Indy 500 winning car, Darren Manning is a VERY good bet as the past two years, the winning horse at the Kentucky Derby and the winner of the Indianapolis 500 have coincidentally shared the same number. In 2004, Smarty Jones and Buddy Rice both carried the number 15, while the previous year Funny Cide and Gil de Ferran were winners with the number 6. This year's winner of the Kentucky Derby, Giacomo wore the number 10. Certainly a good omen for the #10 Target Toyota and Darren Manning!

The Daily Blog-- Starting May 9th and for the entire month of May, leading up to the 89th running of the Indianapolis 500, all three Target IndyCar drivers will post a daily blog (a web log or online diary) for fans. Check in on the www.targetracing.com site everyday throughout the month to see what Scott Dixon, Darren Manning and Ryan Briscoe are thinking about and doing in preparation for the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing".

QUOTES

Scott Dixon #9T Target Toyota Panoz -

"The Target team had a stronger day today as we got back to what we know better. We've worked for years with the Panoz and that is what we are most familiar with. It was easier today simply because of habit really. It is in no way a slight on the Dallara chassis. We just aren't comfortable enough with it right now. We worked on the general feel of the Target car today with set up and downforce, then trimmed it out a bit near the end there. I went out on new tires and got a good tow but we've got a pretty good feel where we want to go in terms of handling for both qualifying and the race. The speeds are just getting higher and I wouldn't be surprised to see qualifying speeds in the high 227 mph range with one or two cars even hitting 228mph."

Darren Manning #10T Target Toyota Panoz-

"It was a really good day for the team and I, even though we didn't run that much. But I think we were able to get a bit achieved today as a team in terms of information. We sat out for a while waiting for either Scott [Dixon] or Ryan [Briscoe] to do some race runs together, but that didn't end up happening for us. Ryan ran through some debris from an incident on track, which slowed the process down. Finally, toward the end of the day we got caught out in the rain and it pretty much ended any hopes of putting together a quick time on our second set of tires."

Ryan Briscoe #33 Target Toyota Panoz -

"We had a bit of a tough day. On my first run, Buddy Rice's car hit the wall and sent debris everywhere. I was one of the first cars behind him and ran over what was probably his rear wing. That put a hole in my tub so we swapped back to our primary Target car and finally got out on track again towards the end of the day. We really didn't look for speed today, instead we'll be looking to do qualifying simulations tomorrow and the day after."

-cgr-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Darren Manning , Gil de Ferran , Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Buddy Rice , Ryan Briscoe , Chip Ganassi
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing