TARGET TEAM TAKES WIN AT KANSAS; 1-2 IN CHAMPIONSHIP RACE Kansas City, KS (April 29, 2007)- Target Chip Ganassi Racing's Dan Wheldon, from his fourth place starting position, took over as leader on lap 9 after a side-by-side battle with pole ...
TARGET TEAM TAKES WIN AT KANSAS; 1-2 IN CHAMPIONSHIP RACE
Kansas City, KS (April 29, 2007)- Target Chip Ganassi Racing's Dan Wheldon, from his fourth place starting position, took over as leader on lap 9 after a side-by-side battle with pole sitter Tony Kanaan in the opening laps of the Kansas Lottery Indy 300 and went on to lead 177 of 200 laps, only relinquished the lead when the field cycled through pit stops, to post a convincing win on the 1.5 mile tri-oval at Kansas Speedway. It was the Target team's 12th IndyCar Series win and an 80th victory for Chip Ganassi Racing.
Both Target cars ran 1-2 for much of the race but unfortunately, for his final pit stop, Scott Dixon, who led 14 laps of his own, had to duck into the pits one lap early, and off turn 4, when he realized that the car was running on fumes. The No.9 Target car made in and out of the pits, even taking over the lead, but was then penalized with a drive-through penalty for not taking the proper pit entry. Dixon remained on the lead lap, falling back to fifth but worked his way back to take the checkered flag in fourth place for his fourth top-five finish of the season.
It was Wheldon's 13th career win and his second of the year after posting a victory in the season opener at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Through four races thus far, the No.10 Target powered Honda has led 484 laps of 700 and heading towards next month's premier event of the IndyCar Series season, the 91st running of the Indianapolis 500, Wheldon has added to his lead in the Championship driver's points standings with 171 points. Dixon moves into second place in the standings with 144 points, 27 in arrears of his Target teammate.
The Target team now gets set to take on the venerable Indianapolis Motor Speedway with practice beginning on May 8th. The IndyCar Series season continues with the 91st running of the Indianapolis 500 at 1 p.m. (ET) on May 27. The race will be telecast live by ABC and broadcast by the IMS Radio Network. The IMS Radio Network broadcast also is carried on XM Satellite Radio and www.indycar.com.
TARGET CHIP GANASSI RACING POST-RACE QUOTEBOARD:
Scott Dixon: "It's very disappointing as it would have been good to battle to the finish for the win. We had the car to do it but that stuff just happens. We've had some consistent finishes (four top-fives) and it's good that I'm second in the championship but we threw away points and a chance to win. I'm looking forward to Indy now. There's a lot of work to be done and we're not taking anything for granted."
Dan Wheldon: "I was frustrated since Motegi and wanted to prove a point. When you're in a competitive package, you can't let points slip. I can eat breakfast tomorrow morning now instead of stabbing my fork into the table. It was a pure team effort from the Target Chip Ganassi Racing team. Everybody did a great job. We're gearing up; we're going to go for the big one now. The Indianapolis 500, that's the big goal for us. Do I think I'm going to be a contender? Absolutely, but I wouldn't say I'm the favorite. I honestly think you could pick 10-15 people, and possibly more. "