IRL: Richmond: Chip Ganassi Racing preview

Leading The Way Team Target drivers occupy the top 2 spots in the laps led category. Tomas Scheckter leads the IRL in laps led with 260. Scott Dixon is second with 236. As a team, the two drivers have led 496 of the 1,225 laps (40.4%) run so...

Leading The Way

Team Target drivers occupy the top 2 spots in the laps led category. Tomas Scheckter leads the IRL in laps led with 260. Scott Dixon is second with 236. As a team, the two drivers have led 496 of the 1,225 laps (40.4%) run so far this year.

Chasing the Checkered Flag

Team Target has been a winner in 3 out of the last 7 races that they have competed in. Kenny Brack won last year's season finale last year in Mexico, while Scott Dixon won the season opener in Homestead and last week in Pikes Peak. Dixon is the only driver to have captured multiple wins in the IRL this year.

Pole Sitters

Team Target is after their 3rd pole in the last 5 races this weekend in Richmond. Scott Dixon won the coveted prize in Japan and Tomas Scheckter qualified 1st in Texas.

At home in Richmond

During last month's open test in Richmond, Scott Dixon was quickest while his teammate, Tomas Scheckter was 3rd fastest overall. Last year in Richmond, Scheckter finished 4th after qualifying 18th.

Fast Starters

Team Target has qualified a car in the top-6 in 15 out of the last 16 races, snaring 6 poles during that time span. Scott Dixon has started in the top-6 in five straight races, including his first career pole position in Japan.

Fast and the Furious

A Team Target driver has set the fastest leader lap in 5 out of the first 6 races this year. Scott Dixon set the pace in Homestead, Phoenix and Pikes Peak, while Scheckter accomplished the feat in Texas and Japan.

Lap Leaders

A Team Target driver has led a lap in 12 of the last 13 races, including the last seven in a row. So far this season the team has donated $24,425 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.

Running at the End

When Scott Dixon is running at the end of the race, he holds a finishing average of 2.6

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

Scott Dixon -- No. 9 Target Toyota

"We've really got a lot of momentum after last week's win in Pikes Peak. The team has given me great cars all year, and it's a good feeling knowing week in and week out that you've got a great chance to win. We had a great test down in Richmond a few weeks ago, and it's a cool track. I've never raced on an oval that small before, but it's going to be exciting, that's for sure. We had a great car at the test and hopefully we'll hit on the setup again and be in the battle for another win. When I first pulled up to the track, I thought it was a go-kart track or something. But when you take your first laps, you quickly realize that it's a tough and demanding track. It's going to be a lot of fun."

Tomas Scheckter -- No. 10 Target Toyota

"If we can shake this string of bad luck, we're going to start winning races soon. We've had dominant cars over the last few races and for one reason or another, we just haven't had the finishes we need. It is encouraging to know that Team Target is going to have a car that will run at the front each week and we've proven that by leading the most laps--we just need to lead the important one, the last one. The guys have done such an amazing job week in and week out and our luck will turn around. Like Scott (Dixon), we had a great car at the test down in Richmond. I think that we were third-fastest in the test session and that gives us a lot of confidence going into the race. We're due for some breaks to go our way."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Buzz Calkins , Scott Dixon , Kenny Brack , Chip Ganassi
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing