IRL: Pikes Peak: Chip Ganassi Racing preview

Pole Sitters Team Target is after their 3rd pole in the last 4 races this weekend in Colorado. Scott Dixon won the coveted prize in Japan and Tomas Scheckter qualified 1st last weekend in Texas. Dixon qualified second, giving the team their ...

Pole Sitters

Team Target is after their 3rd pole in the last 4 races this weekend in Colorado. Scott Dixon won the coveted prize in Japan and Tomas Scheckter qualified 1st last weekend in Texas. Dixon qualified second, giving the team their first 1-2 start since St. Louis in 2000.

Mile-High Success

The last time Team Target visited Colorado, they finished 1-2. Bruno Junqueira won the race and Scott Dixon finished 2nd at the Grand Prix of Denver of last year. Junqueira won the pole in that event also.

Leading The Way

Team Target drivers have led almost 40% (39.1%) of the laps so far this season in the IRL. Team Target drivers occupy 2 out the top 3 spots in the laps led category. Tomas Scheckter leads the IRL in laps led with 244. Scott Dixon is third with 147. Last year at Texas, Tomas Scheckter led 107 out of the 200 laps run.

Starting Well

Team Target has qualified a car in the top-4 in 14 out of the last 15 races, snaring 6 poles during that time span.

Fast and the Furious

A Team Target driver has set the fastest leader lap in 4 out of the first 5 races this year. Scott Dixon set the pace in Homestead and in Phoenix, while Scheckter accomplished the feat in Texas and Japan.

Lap Leaders

A Team Target driver has led a lap in 11 of the last 12 races, including the last six in a row. So far this season the team has donated $16,800 to Target House and St. Jude's Childrens Hospital. Since 1997 the team has donated $5,000 for each win, $1,000 for each pole and $25 for each lap led to the charity. Target House serves as a home away from home for the families of children admitted to St. Jude Children's hospital.

Fast Starter

Scott Dixon has started in the top-4 in four straight races, including his first career pole position in Japan. Dixon started 2nd last week in Texas, with his teammate capturing the top spot.

Lucky Number 9

The number 9 Target car has won 3 IRL events with 3 different drivers in the last 3 years. Juan Montoya piloted the #9 to a victory in the 2000 Indianapolis 500, Jeff Ward drove it to victory lane last year in Texas and Scott Dixon found the #9 to be the lucky number at the season-opener in Homestead.

First time's a charm

In Homestead, Scott Dixon became just the third driver to win in his debut in the Indy Racing League, with two of them being Team Target drivers. He joins Buzz Calkins and former Team Target driver Juan Montoya on that short list.

Quotes

Tomas Scheckter -- No. 10 Target Toyota

"Pikes Peak is a difficult track. It's kind of like a bigger Richmond or a smaller Michigan. It's a shame what happened to us in Texas, because we were just dominating that race. Our luck will turn around, I'm sure of that. We've had fast cars all year and I'm confident that we'll fast this weekend too. The altitude does affect the you and the car. You have less downforce on the car in that thin air. Hopefully, my fitness will give me an advantage put there. (What will you do between now and Pikes Peak?) "I'll go home for a day and a half, wash my clothes, feed the dogs and then head out to Colorado on Tuesday. I'm going to the United States Olympic Training center on Wednesday and that should be a lot of fun. I have some friends that train out there, so I'm looking forward to it."

Scott Dixon -- No. 9 Target Toyota

"It's going to be cool to get back out to Colorado. The last time that I was there, I finished second at the Denver street race. Bruno (Junqueira) and I finished 1-2 for the team. It will be my first time on the track there in Pikes Peak. It's really going to be challenging, with the altitude and all, but our guys will be prepared for it. It feels good to get back into a rhythm of racing each week. You get more into a racing state of mind and become more focused. We had a fast car when we tested at Richmond two weeks ago, and the track is similar in some regards. With any luck, we should be pretty good this weekend as well."

-cgr-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Buzz Calkins , Jeff Ward , Scott Dixon , Chip Ganassi
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing