IRL: Milwaukee: Chip Ganassi Racing race report

Two Top Ten Finishes for Target at Milwaukee Mile Milwaukee, WI, Sunday, July 23, 2006--Target Chip Ganassi Racing's earned two top ten finishes at the Milwaukee Mile as Scott Dixon and Dan Wheldon were able to move up from their 10th and ...

Two Top Ten Finishes for Target at Milwaukee Mile

Milwaukee, WI, Sunday, July 23, 2006--Target Chip Ganassi Racing's earned two top ten finishes at the Milwaukee Mile as Scott Dixon and Dan Wheldon were able to move up from their 10th and 11th starting positions to finish eighth and 10th, respectively. The 225-lap event marked Team Target's 75th race in the IndyCar Series, but more importantly, the team held their ground in the all important championship points standings (Dixon -- 2nd, Wheldon -- 4th) as the series heads to Michigan International Speedway next weekend for Round 10 of the 14-race schedule.

"We just couldn't find the speed we needed today," said Dixon who claims his ninth top-ten finish of the season. "At the start of the race, the rear of the car was pretty solid, but we had understeer to cope with. Toward the end of the first stint, I had a bad vibration that was almost making it difficult to see. We tried some tire pressure and wing adjustments, but nothing really seemed to take to the car today. In a situation like that, you just have to stay focused on keeping your nose clean and making sure you finish the race. That's what we accomplished."

"It was a difficult day for everyone at Target Chip Ganassi Racing today," said Wheldon who brought the special no.10 Target FujiFilm car across the finish line one lap down for an eight place finish. "I really thought the lucky green FujiFilm car was going to bring us luck and give us a picture perfect ending but it was a pretty tough weekend and tough race for both Target cars. For whatever reason, we were a little off this weekend but it's a sensible result from a points perspective. It's a shame really because it could have been an opportunity to make up some points in the championship. From here on out, it's pretty simple; win at all costs."

Tony Kanaan did the Target team a big favour by holding off a late race charge by Sam Hornish Jr., to win the ABC Supply/A.J. Foyt 225 at The Milwaukee Mile, for Andretti Green Racing's first victory of the year and their 22nd team win making it the IndyCar Series' winningest-team.

All season long, the Target duo has battled closely with the Penske team's Helio Castroneves and points leader Sam Hornish, Jr. Dixon (331 points) still holds second place in the IndyCar Series point standing now 25 points in arrears of Hornish (356points). Castroneves (326 points), who finished 14th after contact with Ed Carpenter, remains third. Wheldon is still fourth in the championship standings (324 points) 2 points behind him and 32 points behind the leader.

-cgr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Tony Kanaan , Dan Wheldon , Chip Ganassi , A.J. Foyt , Sam Hornish Jr. , Ed Carpenter , Sam Hornis
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing