IRL: Sears Point: Chip Ganassi Racing Friday report

Dixon Fastest in Friday Practice at Sonoma Scott Dixon Friday Practice Notes & Quotes "For us, both Target Chip Ganassi Racing teams, we've come here with the attitude of just trying to win the race. I was disappointed this morning that we...

Dixon Fastest in Friday Practice at Sonoma

Scott Dixon Friday Practice Notes & Quotes

"For us, both Target Chip Ganassi Racing teams, we've come here with the attitude of just trying to win the race. I was disappointed this morning that we didn't get to run on new tires. This afternoon we got a new set, and we had good speed. We're pretty happy but there's still a ways to go to get through qualifying. We can't hold back anything; we have to win this race."

-Dixon set the fastest speed in Friday practice

- 4th in the Championship 33 points behind the leader

- Qualified 9th and finished 7th in 2005 at Infineon

- With an average start of 5.0 and finish of 2.8 on road courses he is considered the favorite for this weekend's race at Infineon

-Dixon has victories at both road races at Watkins Glen, and finished second at St.Petersburg Street course. He is the only two time winner through five street/road course event in '05-'06

-A seventh place at Infineon in 2005 was the lowest he has finished on a road course in IndyCar.

Dan Wheldon Friday Practice Notes & Quotes

"It was a relatively good day. We're just trying to be as quick as we can here for the IndyCar Series Championship. It's always difficult to pass here so you have to concentrate on qualifying well. I think we're definitely competitive. We're just going to fine tune some stuff tonight so our Target Chip Ganassi cars will be quick tomorrow."

-Wheldon was 5th fastest in Friday practice

-3rd in the Championship 24 points behind the leader

-At Infineon last year, Whledon qualified 7th but did not finish due to mechanical problem. Was credited with an 18th place finish.

-Won the season opening race on the oval at Homestead-Miami and has earned 2 pole positions (Kansas, Nashville) this season.

Coming Up this Weekend-- Target Chip Ganassi Racing returns to Infineon Raceway with their Honda powered Panoz chassis to take on the 2.26 mile permanent road course in Sonoma, CA for an 80 lap (180.8 mile) contest. This will be the 13th of 14 races on the 2006 IndyCar schedule.

The Final Stretch-- Only two remaining races in the 2006 season with the road course at Infineon in California and the finale at the Chicagoland oval, and it will be a battle to the finish. With a win in the last race at Kentucky, Sam Hornish regained the points lead with 418 points, seven points ahead of Helio Castroneves (411 points). Target's Dan Wheldon (394 points) remained in third spot and is within 24 points of the leader. Target teammate Scott Dixon (385 points) is still in the hunt with his second place finish at Kentucky and is still within striking distance with a deficit of 33 points from the top spot in the Championship standings.

Check the Rear View Mirrors-- In 2005 at Infineon Raceway, the Target team was very strong having won the pole position with rookie Ryan Briscoe. Scott Dixon qualified ninth and finished seventh due to an alternative fuel strategy. Dan Wheldon, did not finish the race last year with his previous team due to a fuel pick up problem.

-credit: cgr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Scott Dixon , Dan Wheldon , Chip Ganassi , Sam Hornis
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing