Target Team Makes It Through Milwaukee Mile Misadventure With 13th Place Finish West Allis, Wisconsin, Sunday, July 24, 2005-- It wasn't just the famous local brats that were roasting at the venerable Milwaukee Mile as extreme heat made for ...
Target Team Makes It Through
Milwaukee Mile Misadventure With 13th Place Finish
West Allis, Wisconsin, Sunday, July 24, 2005-- It wasn't just the famous local brats that were roasting at the venerable Milwaukee Mile as extreme heat made for wretched conditions on and off the track at the ABC Supply Company A.J. Foyt 225. With on track temperatures reaching over 100 degrees Fahrenheit combined with high humidity, Target Chip Ganassi Racing driver Scott Dixon and Darren Manning had to contend with extremely slick conditions on the track, and a hefty challenge behind the wheel of their Target Toyotas from their 18th and 21st starting positions.
With handling being the key component in mastering the Milwaukee mile, Darren Manning's race was dramatically shortened after two early pit stops to try to improve performance for the No.10 Target Toyota Panoz did not pay dividends.
"The Target Toyota Panoz was just wicked loose in these blistering conditions," said Manning who was credited with a 20th place finish after bowing out after just 34 laps with handling difficulties. "I was just trying to keep it off the wall and out of the way of everyone. I came in for a wing adjustment and then we tried disconnecting the rear bar but there just wasn't anything that was making it any better. We struggled somewhat in this morning's warm up so the Target team went really conservative with the set up for the race but I think we got a little lost. This is very disappointing but we'll regroup quickly and get ready for Michigan."
Scott Dixon managed to tame his no.9 Target Toyota on the greasy track surface and kept his nose clean to bring it home safely in 13th place.
"My Target crew guys did a good job in the pits and I did what we could out there,"said Dixon. "The relentless heat definitely made things slick out there for the no.9 Target Toyota Panoz and the lack of grip was our biggest issue. It was a difficult race but the key was getting through it. We just need to forget about this weekend and keep our focus on getting some positive results in the next few races."
Target rookie Ryan Briscoe did not take part in the Milwaukee race. After posting the fourth-fastest time in Saturday's pre-qualifying practice, Briscoe felt the rear of the car step out on him and ended up making hard contact with the wall in turn one. He was not injured and cleared to drive by IRL medical staff, but the Target team made the decision not to run the No.33 Target Toyota Panoz in Sunday's race as a precaution and let Briscoe and his crew regroup and prepare fully for next weekend's race at Michigan International Speedway.
Pole sitter Sam Hornish Jr. led the first 111 laps of the race but had a real battle on his hands with Dario Franchitti in the final 15 laps to eventually take his second win of the season. Franchitti took second place while Tomas Scheckter finished in third spot.
The relentless summer schedule continues as the IndyCar Series will run the third of six races in seven weeks next Sunday, July 31 at Michigan International Speedway. Target Chip Ganassi Racing will make their way to the Irish Hills of southeastern Michigan for the Firestone Indy 400 at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday, July 31.