#10 Dan Wheldon- Honda / Dallara / Firestone
"This is a challenging track for handling set up. You need to find a good balance between running in traffic and running on your own. So far so good but we're not quite where we want to be just yet. We've got a little more speed to find if we want a picture perfect finish to the race weekend for the Target FujiFilm car."
#9 Scott Dixon- Honda / Dallara / Firestone
"We struggled a little in this morning's session but made some strong gains by this afternoon. We worked on race set up and to be honest, the car is really comfortable. We just need to find some more speed and we'll be fine."
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.