IRL: Nashville: Chip Ganassi Racing race report

DIXON KEEPS IT GOING AND GOING IN NASHVILLE: TARGET TEAM WINS TWO IN A ROW NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 15, 2007) -- With a three wide pass on lap 88, Target Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon took the lead and completed a perfect weekend as he ...

DIXON KEEPS IT GOING AND GOING IN NASHVILLE: TARGET TEAM WINS TWO IN A ROW

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 15, 2007) -- With a three wide pass on lap 88, Target Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon took the lead and completed a perfect weekend as he successfully defended his win at Nashville Superspeedway and posted his second consecutive IndyCar Series victory in the rain postponed Firestone Indy 200.

With a little inspiration from the Energizer Bunny, Dixon and the Target team kept the momentum created by last week's victory at Watkins Glen going, this time aboard the special schemed no.9 Energizer E2 Lithium Target Honda which led 105 laps after earning the pole position and setting the fastest lap times in practice on Friday. It is Dixon's eighth career win, his second straight at the 1.33-mile concrete oval making him the first repeat winner at Nashville. This is also the second time Dixon has won at wheel of the no.9 Energizer schemed car (Watkins Glen 2006) and the Target Team's 14th IndyCar Series victory.

Target teammate Dan Wheldon led two laps and was part of the three wide pass that put him in second place behind Dixon and ahead of current points leader Dario Franchitti until a miscue on a final green flag pitstop set him back to an eighth place finish, his eighth top-10 finish of the season.

On the virtue of Dixon's four second place finishes and two consecutive victory, the Target driver cuts down IndyCar Series Championship points leader Dario Franchitti (434 points) lead to 34 points. Dan Wheldon (337 points) moves up into third place just ahead of Tony Kanaan (331 points). Sam Hornish Jr. rounds out the top five with 329 points.

The team now prepares to make a return to the road course at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the first time with the IndyCar Series.

TARGET CHIP GANASSI RACING QUOTEBOARD:

Scott Dixon: "It's fantastic. It's exactly what the Target team needed. It's been a tough season, especially the start of it. This is what we need for the championship chase against Dario (Franchitti). He had a strong day and was very competitive out there. We just seemed to get up a little bit on pit stops and a bit of traffic there. We're happy. It's a big day for Energizer. That's twice we've run this car now and it has won. (About the move from third to first): I think the other guys just got caught up a bit. To be honest, our car just seemed to get stronger throughout the race. I think we were better in traffic. Maybe a little more downforce, which enabled us to hold on as it got a bit hotter and the track went away. We didn't gain in speed, but we stayed really consistent."

Dan Wheldon: "I'm very happy for the Target team today. That was an important team win for everyone. It ended up pretty disappointing and frustrating day for the No.10 Target side. We had problems on two pit stops. One with the fuel probe and the other with the airjack dropping before the tires were done. The last one was on a green lap stop and was a big setback. We were doing great up to then. The three-wide pass with Franchitti and Dixon was pretty hairy, but it got the job done at that point. We'll just look forward to Mid-Ohio."

-credit: cgr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Dario Franchitti , Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Dan Wheldon , Chip Ganassi , Sam Hornish Jr.
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing