IRL: Indy 500: Chip Ganassi Racing day ten notes

Indianapolis, IN, Wednesday, May 18, 2006- Both Target Chip Ganassi Racing cars were back in the top-five on the speed chart on Thursday as the team continued to run race simulations at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in preparation for the 90th...

Indianapolis, IN, Wednesday, May 18, 2006- Both Target Chip Ganassi Racing cars were back in the top-five on the speed chart on Thursday as the team continued to run race simulations at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in preparation for the 90th running of the Indianapolis 500. Driver of the no.10 Target Honda, Dan Wheldon posted a 222.616 mph lap, good enough for the third place while teammate Scott Dixon was just a hair behind in the no.9 Target Honda with a lap speed of 222.461 mph.

"The day wasn't quite as good as I would have liked," said Wheldon, the defending Indianapolis 500 champion. "We are still struggling with the race car. We haven't quite got the balance where we are comfortable. We still haven't got a car that's good in traffic. We definitely improved as the day went on which obviously was pretty short due to rain once again. We definitely have some work to do. Everybody at Target Chip Ganassi Racing is positive. We can make gains."

Rain once again spoiled the day's activities once again with drivers getting less than two hours to practice. As a result, the Target team plans to continue working on their run race set up even if qualifying is set for Saturday.

"We are not good enough on our race set-up for our standards," Wheldon said. "We have to work on that. It's that simple. The race is much more important than pole. We need to make sure that we have a very good car. Otherwise, we will have a long 500 mile race."

Practice will be through Friday. Pole Day qualifying has been moved to Saturday, with all 33 positions up for grabs and Bump Day on Sunday. The 90th running of the Indianapolis 500 will air live on ABC Sports on Sunday, May 28 at 1:00 p.m. EDT.

-cgr-

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