IRL: Indy 500: Chip Ganassi Racing day three report

TARGET TEAM SETS THE PACE ON DAY 1 PRACTICE FOR INDIANAPOLIS 500 INDY 500 DAY 1 PRACTICE (May 8)-- Scott Dixon and Dan Wheldon took to the track aboard their Honda Dallaras for the first time this month in preparation for the famed race. Wheldon...

TARGET TEAM SETS THE PACE ON DAY 1 PRACTICE FOR INDIANAPOLIS 500

INDY 500 DAY 1 PRACTICE (May 8)-- Scott Dixon and 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 fastest lap time of the day with a speed of 225.074 mph. Scott Dixon was fifth with a speed of 224.564 mph. The top five drivers were separated by just 0.0908 of a second.

TARGET CHIP GANASSI RACING QUOTEBOARD Day 1 Practice:

Scott Dixon: "I think this morning was quite strong. We didn't do many laps. We only used one set of tires, and then we put on another at the end. We made a lot of big changes just trying to take the day to see what we need to do. I don't know if we gained much out of it, but hopefully when we look at the data we can see what we need."

(About similar weather possible for qualifying) "This should be good. Hopefully we do get a bit more running through the week. The track's obviously going to change a bit with more rubber going down, and maybe it will cool off. I don't know. I haven't seen the forecast, but this week's always showers and thunderstorms now and then, so it's hard to know what to do. But, we, I think, got the big things that we needed to get through today."

Dan Wheldon: "It was a good day to start the opening day of May. Obviously I get a little superstitious, and I've just signed a deal with Ritmo watches, and I was using that today, so I was a little nervous. It's definitely great being back at Indianapolis and to be going around this track. I'm just excited for the rest of the month."

(About his confidence heading into the month): "Yeah it is (high), but with what we've seen this year, I'm more concerned with the race. I guess I'm getting old because that doesn't seem like the high priority, but my confidence is really high right now. You know working with (engineer) Andy Brown is a pleasure. The rest of the engineering stuff and everybody at the team, we're right at a nice wave right now, but we understand that it could as soon come to a crashing halt. We're going to try everything in our power to stay as good as we are. The car seems to be very quick, even with a somewhat comfortable level of downforce it still turns good lap times and that's what you need for a race around here. The more downforce you can get away with running and the car being comfortable the better."

-credit: cgr

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