#9 Scott Dixon- Honda / Dallara /Firestone
Scott Dixon has qualified in the top five for the last three years at Michigan.(2003/ 2004/2005/2006)
Dixon's best start at Michigan was 2nd in 2003. (finished 5th)
Dixon's best finish at Michigan was 5th in 2003
The last Target win at Michigan came in 2000 with Juan Pablo Montoya, and has a total of 3 wins on this track (Vasser 1996 / Zanardi 1997/ Montoya 2000)
"We were a lot better this morning in practice when we were running in the 215 mph range. I'm not sure why we were so slow in qualifying. This Michigan track is a challenging place and the track doesn't have much grip. The starting position actually doesn't really matter as long as you are in the top ten. You want to stay there for most of the race until the final sprint. There are two or three lanes to run in but the no.9 Target car is definitely stronger on the highline and I can run very near the wall. We just need to concentrate of putting together a really strong race set up and we should be good to go."
#10 Dan Wheldon- Honda / Dallara /Firestone
Wheldon's finished 2nd from an 11th place starting position at Michigan in 2005.
Wheldon finished 3rd in 2004.
Wheldon's best qualifying effort was 8th (2004).
"I really thought we'd be better today. We were definitely off the pace and I don't know why. We were pretty quick this morning (215.186 mph) and I didn't think the conditions had changed that much. We'll just have to look at the data and see what we can improve and just keep working at it. That first lap was the most I was going to get out of the car so I just brought it in to save the tires for the race."
Coming Up this Weekend-- Target Chip Ganassi Racing makes its annual visit to Michigan International Speedway for the 11th of 14 races on the 2006 IndyCar Series schedule. With 18 degree banking and 73-foot wide sweeping turns, Michigan International Speedway provides drivers with three grooves to run around the two-mile D-shaped speedway for 200 laps/ 400 miles.
The Final Stretch-- With just four races left on the 2006 IndyCar Series schedule, the Target duo of Scott Dixon and Dan Wheldon is in a fierce battle with the Penske team's Helio Castroneves and points leader Sam Hornish, Jr for the Championship. Dixon (331 points) still holds second place in the IndyCar Series point standing now 25 points in arrears of Hornish (356points). Castroneves (326 points) remains third. Wheldon is still fourth in the championship standings (324 points) 2 points behind him and 32 points behind the leader.
Checking the Rear View Mirrors-- The last Target win at Michigan came in 2000 with Juan Pablo Montoya. The team has won 3 times at Michigan (Vasser 1996 / Zanardi 1997/ Montoya 2000) and has had the pole position on three occasions. Scott Dixon has qualified in the top five for each of the past three years at Michigan. In 2003, Scott Dixon qualified 2nd (Target started 1-2) and finished 5th at Michigan while in 2004, he qualified third and then fourth in 2005. Dan Wheldon, finished third in 2004 and second last year at Michigan. Will it be a first place finish in 2006?