IRL: Kansas: Chip Ganassi Racing preview

Going for 3 in a row This weekend in Kansas, Scott Dixon is attempting to become the first driver since 1998 to win 3 races in a row. The last driver to accomplish the feat was former Team Target driver Kenny Brack. He would join Juan Montoya...

Going for 3 in a row

This weekend in Kansas, Scott Dixon is attempting to become the first driver since 1998 to win 3 races in a row. The last driver to accomplish the feat was former Team Target driver Kenny Brack. He would join Juan Montoya as the last Team Target driver to get the three-peat, who did it in 1999.

Pole Sitters

Team Target is after their 4th pole in the last 6 races this weekend in Kansas. Scott Dixon won the coveted prize in Japan and Richmond and Tomas Scheckter qualified in Texas.

Record Setter

Last weekend in Richmond was a record setting day for Scott Dixon. He set an IRL record by leading all 206 laps of the event. Dixon has also set a record by leading 290 consecutive laps. Dixon led the final 84 laps in Pikes Peak and led the next 206 laps en route to back-to-back victories. The Kiwi has also tied a record by winning three races in his first seven starts.

Leading The Way

Team Target drivers occupy the top 2 spots in the laps led category. Scott Dixon leads the IRL in laps led with 442. Tomas Scheckter is second with 260. Last year at Kansas, Tomas Scheckter led over half the laps, pacing 101 out of the 200 laps run. The team has led over 49% of the laps run this season.

Scheckter, The Wizard In Kansas

Tomas Scheckter dominated last year's event in Kansas. He won the pole, led the most laps and set the fastest lap of the race at the 1.5-mile superspeedway.

Fast and the Furious

A Team Target driver has set the fastest leader lap in 6 out of the first 7 races this year. Scott Dixon set the pace in Homestead, Phoenix, Pikes Peak and Richmond, while Scheckter accomplished the feat in Texas and Japan.

Lap Leaders

A Team Target driver has led a lap in 13 of the last 14 races, including the last eight in a row. So far this season the team has donated $35,575 to Target House and St. Jude's Childrens Hospital. Since 1997 the team has donated $5,000 for each win, $1,000 for each pole and $25 for each lap led to the charity. Target House serves as a home away from home for the families of children admitted to St. Jude Children's hospital.

Fast Starter

Scott Dixon has started in the top-6 in six straight races, including two pole positions. His qualifying average over the last six races is a stellar 2.8.

Quotes

Scott Dixon -- No. 9 Target Toyota

"We've been on quite a roll over the last few races. Team Target has given me great cars, so it's made my a lot easier. Not that it's been easy, don't get me wrong. There's such great competition in the series, you have to be on top of your game week in and week out. Luckily, our team has been focused and things have come together for us. We had a really good test in Kansas two weeks ago, so I'm excited about coming there to race. It's a great facility and the fans really get out there to support us."

Tomas Scheckter -- No. 10 Target Toyota

"It's a new week for us, so we need to focus on this weekend in Kansas. We've had so much bad luck over the last few races, but you can't dwell on that. We have to keep looking ahead to the next race. We've had fast cars all year, but one thing or another has kept us out of victory lane. Last year in Kansas, I won the pole and led the most laps and it's a track that suits my style. We had a very fast car in Texas this year and Kansas is similar in design. I can't wait to get out there, the Target car should be pretty strong this weekend."

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