IRL: Michigan: Chip Ganassi Racing qualifying report

Team Wins 4th Consecutive Pole Tomas Scheckter -- No. 10 Target Toyota Qualified -- 1st Speed -- 222.458 mph "It's great to be on the pole here for the second year in a row. Michigan is a special place for me. I won my first race in America...

Team Wins 4th Consecutive Pole

Tomas Scheckter -- No. 10 Target Toyota
Qualified -- 1st
Speed -- 222.458 mph

"It's great to be on the pole here for the second year in a row. Michigan is a special place for me. I won my first race in America here and it's a track that I really enjoy racing on. We've come close (to winning) a lot this year, things just haven't gone our way. I'm a lot happier this year. I have a great teammate like Scott (Dixon), a great team owner in Chip (Ganassi) and a super group of guys that work on the cars. Toyota is a big reason for our success so far this year. They've given us fast engines and that's a big factor, especially at a track like this one. We've got an all-Target front row to start, hopefully we can have an all-Target front row to finish as well."

Scott Dixon -- No. 9 Target Toyota
Qualified -- 2nd
Speed -- 222.425 mph

"I'm very happy with how things turned out today. It would have been nice to get 4 (poles) in a row, but I try not to think about things like that too much. It's great for Tomas and I to be on the front row again and hopefully we'll both be at the front at the end of the race as well. Team Target is doing an awesome job this year. They have given us great cars and that makes our jobs a lot easier. (On the race tomorrow) It's going to be a lot of fun tomorrow. The cars are all very close and it's going to be a great race. There are a lot of different lines to run here and I'm excited for tomorrow."

Notes:

It is the fourth straight pole for Team Target. It is also the team's 5th pole in the last 6 races and the 6th pole in the last 8.

It is the 3rd time in the last 6 races that the team has swept the top-2 qualifying positions. (Texas, Kansas & Michigan).

Tomas Scheckter moves into a tie for 4th all-time in IRL history with 5 pole wins.

Scheckter has recorded 5 poles in the last 22 races.

Team Target stands 4th in IRL History with 7 poles.

It is the 9th straight top-6 start for Scott Dixon.

In the last 9 races, Scott Dixon's average qualifying position is 2.3, including 4 poles, two seconds, a third, a fourth and a sixth.

It is the team's 7th pole in the last 10 races. Former Team Target driver Bruno Junqueira won the pole at the 2002 season finale in Mexico City.

With the pole win, another $1,000 is donated by Team Target to Target House and St. Jude's Children's Hospital. So far this year, the team has given $41,150 to the organization.

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