IRL: Milwaukee: Chip Ganassi qualifying report

Dixon's best start at Milwaukee was in 2002 (CART) when he qualified fourth, in his first race for TCGR Dixon's best finish at Milwaukee was third place with PacWest in 2001 (CART) Dixon won the 2000 Indy Lights race at Milwaukee from the ...

Dixon's best start at Milwaukee was in 2002 (CART) when he qualified fourth, in his first race for TCGR

Dixon's best finish at Milwaukee was third place with PacWest in 2001 (CART)

Dixon won the 2000 Indy Lights race at Milwaukee from the pole.

#9 Scott Dixon- Honda / Dallara /Firestone

"I think we might have been just a bit too conservative in our qualifying set up. There's been a lot of frustration this year on short ovals as the Honda Dallara package is new to the Target team on these tracks and the lack of testing has put us at a disadvantage . Thankfully this is the last short oval of the year. I've had a bit of a love hate relationship with the Milwaukee Mile. I had some success here early on with IndyLights but the last two years have been just awful. Hopefully we can put that behind us tomorrow, along with a lot of others cars. We'll have to pick up some spots and make our way forward. We just can't let our guard down at all. We made up ground in the championship last week and we don't want to lose that. We just have to be consistently at the front."

Wheldon's best finish at Milwaukee was fifth (2005).

Wheldon's best qualifying effort was fourth (2005).

#10 Dan Wheldon- Honda / Dallara /Firestone

"This is the first time I have been flat at Milwaukee. We're disappointed but this is the race where things can change very quickly. The Target FujiFilm car handles really well and I got everything out of it I could but we just need to get more speed. We're fortunate to have some great sponsors and this weekend the focus is on the Fujifilm car. We'll be working really hard to get a picture perfect end to the race in Victory Lane."

Coming Up This Weekend-- For the tenth race of the 2006 season, Target Chip Ganassi Racing will race 225 laps on the flat one mile oval of the venerable Milwaukee Mile this Sunday, July 23. The Milwaukee Mile is the flattest on the circuit. The front and back straightaways are of equal length at 1,265 feet and are banked at 2.5 degrees while the turns are banked at 9.25 degrees. This, in turn, makes finding the right set up a bit more of a challenge.

Picture Perfect- The Target team prepares to take on the venerable Milwaukee Mile featuring another new Target livery. The no.10 Target car will trade in the traditional red and white to sport a new paint scheme this weekend in Milwaukee. Both Wheldon and the car will don the green and white colours of FujiFilm for what the team hopes might be a picture perfect race on Sunday.

It's the third special promotion for Target Chip Ganassi Racing, which used special paint schemes for Energizer E2 Lithium Batteries and Nicoderm earlier this season.

Milestones Part 1- This weekend's race in Milwaukee will be Target Chip Ganassi Racing's 75th in the IndyCar series.

Milestones Part 2- Dan Wheldon's pole position in Nashville marked Target Chip Ganassi Racing's 50th in openwheel racing, and a 10th pole in the IndyCar series.

Milestones Part 3- Not quite a milestone, but worth a little celebration is Scott Dixon's birthday on Qualifying Day, Saturday, July 22nd. The Kiwi driver will be 26 years old.

Race for Championship-- All season long, the Target duo has battled closely with the Penske team's Helio Castroneves and points leader Sam Hornish, Jr. and based on the results in the Nashville race the championship race just got a lot closer.

The win last week in Nashville moved Dixon (311 points) into second place in the IndyCar Series point standing just five points in arrears of Hornish (316 points). Castroneves (310 points) dropped one spot, and while Wheldon (300 points) remains fourth in the Championship hunt, the defending IndyCar series champ made significant gains with his second place finish and is just 16 points behind the leader.

Looking Back-- Some of the more memorable experiences at Milwaukee for Scott Dixon include winning the 2000 Indy Lights race from the pole and running his first race for Target Chip Ganassi Racing at the historic one-mile oval (2002). This will be Dixon's seventh visit to the Milwaukee mile.

Catch it LIVE-- Target fans can tune in to the ABC Supply Co./A.J. Foyt Indy 225 at 1:30 p.m. (EDT) on July 23 at The Milwaukee Mile. The race will be telecast live by ESPN and broadcast by the IMS Radio Network. A Spanish-language telecast of the race will be carried by ESPN Deportes. The IMS Radio Network broadcast also is carried on XM Satellite Radio channel 145 "IndyCar Racing" and www.indycar.com.

-cgr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Scott Dixon , Dan Wheldon , Chip Ganassi , A.J. Foyt
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing