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Dixon takes first laps at IMS Kiwi impressed with facility Indianapolis, IN - Team Target driver Scott Dixon made his first laps around the legendary 2.5-mile oval today, just 3 weeks after breaking his wrist and hand in an accident at Japan's...

Dixon takes first laps at IMS
Kiwi impressed with facility

Indianapolis, IN - Team Target driver Scott Dixon made his first laps around the legendary 2.5-mile oval today, just 3 weeks after breaking his wrist and hand in an accident at Japan's Twin Ring Motegi speedway. Dixon quickly got up to speed on his first laps, posting a speed of 224.551 mph in a total of just 18 laps. Dixon's only other time around the facility was in a speedway tour bus, over a year ago. The New Zealander was impressed with his first laps at the track.

"It was very cool to make my first laps around this place," Dixon said. "Each corner is a little different, depending on which way the wind blows. My hand and wrist felt great. I didn't have any pain and it didn't bother me at all. By my third lap, I was flat and went around 223 mph. Today was just a day for me to get acclimated to the car and to the track. It was a good day and I'm looking forward to the month."

Teammate Tomas Scheckter turned a scant 14 laps, but still managed a speed of 227.210 mph. Scheckter was happy to get the month of May started off on the right foot.

"I'm so glad to be here," Scheckter explained. "It's such a great track and it's great to be a part of this race. This is the best track in the world. I'm a lot more relaxed this year than I was last year. Team Target is a very professional team and they have plan for the month. We know what we want to get accomplished. We didn't get many laps in today, but we will as we get closer to the race. We know that we have a good car, we just need to stick to our plan and take care of the equipment."

Qualifying for the Indianapolis 500 is set to be held on Saturday, May 10.

-cgr-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Scott Dixon , Chip Ganassi
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing