IRL: St. Pete: Chip Ganassi Racing preview

TARGET TEAM READY TO TAKE FIGHT TO THE STREETS OF ST.PETE TEAM: Target Team drivers Scott Dixon (No.9 Target Honda-powered Dallara) and Dan Wheldon (No.10 Target Honda-powered Dallara) return for another year of IndyCar Series competition. The...

TARGET TEAM READY TO TAKE FIGHT TO THE STREETS OF ST.PETE

TEAM: Target Team drivers Scott Dixon (No.9 Target Honda-powered Dallara) and Dan Wheldon (No.10 Target Honda-powered Dallara) return for another year of IndyCar Series competition. The Target Team also expanded its Indy Racing League program this season with the addition of an Indy Pro Series effort, set to contest the 2007 season of the development series, with driver Chris Festa in the no.9 Indy Pro Target Chip Ganassi Racing entry.

VENUE: Streets of St. Petersburg, Florida, 181 miles (100 laps) on the 1.81 mile temporary street circuit. Round 2 of the 17-race IndyCar Series season

AIR DATE: Sunday, April 1, 2:30 pm (LIVE) on ESPN. A Spanish-language telecast of the race will be carried by ESPN Deportes. The IMS Radio Network broadcast also is carried on XM Satellite Radio.

LAST RACE: Homestead-Miami Speedway-March 24 with a Wheldon-Dixon 1-2 finish

NEXT RACE: April 21, Japan Indy 300 at Twin Ring Motegi in Japan.

ST. PETERSBURG TARGET TEAM HISTORY REVISITED- Scott Dixon finish second last year on the streets of St. Pete after driving smartly to take the lead on three occasions (36 laps total) but battling to the end with a damaged front wing for the last half of the 100 lap race. Dan Wheldon's race ended after contact with Sam Hornish's car under yellow caused enough damage to the rear suspension of the no.10 Target car that it eventually ended his race in the pits.

THE LEFT AND RIGHT ROAD TO SUCCESS- The Target Team has had a storied history of success, especially in road racing, winning 28 races (of 51 total victories) on road or street tracks since 1994. The team's last road course win was this past 2006 IndyCar season at Watkins Glen with Scott Dixon. The team has won four more street races than road races (16 street versus 12 road)

A FEW MORE ROAD TRIPS- The 2007 IndyCar Series season will feature a 17-race schedule, with events on 12 ovals, three permanent road courses and two temporary street circuits, and includes every venue from last season plus new events at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio and the Raceway at Belle Isle near Detroit.

A LOOK IN THE REAR VIEW MIRROR- Dan Wheldon started the 2007 season-opening weekend off by claiming the pole and went on to begin his second year with the Target team with a win, his third consecutive at the Homestead-Miami track. Scott Dixon's second place finish gave the team its third 1-2 finish in the IndyCar series. It was the Target team's 11th win in the series and 51st win since 1994.

INDY PRO TEAM- The Indy Pro team and driver Chris Festa will contest TWO races this weekend on Saturday and Sunday. Last week in the team's first race Chris Festa finished second after the race was halted due to an accident involving his teammate Pablo Perez.

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PABLO PEREZ MEDICAL UPDATE- Team Target's Indy Pro Series driver Pablo Perez incurred serious injuries to his lower legs March 24 during the Miami 100 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Perez is in stable condition at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis after undergoing reconstructive surgery on his lower legs March 28, according to Dr. Michael Olinger, director of medical services for the Indy Racing League.

Perez is under the care of Dr. Kevin Scheid, the Indy Racing League's orthopedic consultant, in conjunction with Methodist Hospital's trauma team. He is scheduled for additional reconstructive procedures before beginning an extensive rehabilitation program, though no specific timetable has identified at this time.

Fans wishing to send cards or notes to Perez are asked to send them to: Target Chip Ganassi Racing, 7777 Woodland Dr., Indianapolis, IN 46278 Further updates on Perez' condition will be provided when available.

-credit: cgr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Scott Dixon , Dan Wheldon , Chip Ganassi , Chris Festa , Sam Hornis
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing