IRL: Target Team takes race orders in Sonoma

Target Team Takes Race Orders from Fans in California Sonoma, CA, August 18, 2006--A week prior to their scheduled appointment with the road course at Sonoma, Target Chip Ganassi Racing's IndyCar drivers Scott Dixon and Dan Wheldon took time...

Target Team Takes Race Orders from Fans in California

Sonoma, CA, August 18, 2006--A week prior to their scheduled appointment with the road course at Sonoma, Target Chip Ganassi Racing's IndyCar drivers Scott Dixon and Dan Wheldon took time out to do some advance promotion of the race and take ticket orders this past Thursday at Infineon Raceway.

Race fans got the rare opportunity to chat with Dixon and Wheldon, and at the same time, purchase tickets for the upcoming Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma weekend, Aug. 25-27, in the Sonoma Valley.

The banter began with the first phone call, and Target teammates entertained people placing phone ticket orders for the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma for the next 30 minutes.

"Danica Patrick's love line," the reigning IndyCar Series champion startled the first phone caller to the Infineon Raceway ticket office.

"You're not bringing your boyfriend, are you?" Wheldon joked with another caller, according to the Napa Valley Register. "Oh, your brother? That's allowed. Now for security purposes only, you're over 18, right? 21? OK, even better."

Wheldon then asked the caller her favorite driver.

"If you say Hornish, I'm hanging up!"

The caller acknowledged a crush on Helio Castroneves, Hornish's Marlboro Team Penske teammate.

"You're making me sick," Wheldon replied. "You can't see through his act?"

Another caller was seeking seats in Turn 9.

"They'll be great seats -- guaranteed," Wheldon told the caller. "You can wave to me."

Jim Chen and his 12-year-old son Brandon drove from San Francisco to buy tickets. They were rewarded with autographs from both drivers, including Wheldon's signature on the program from the 89th Indianapolis 500 that the British driver won.

"He's a really nice guy," Chen said, "and really, really funny. It was just great."

Said Dixon after accepting the final phone call: "Now I know what we'd do if we weren't drivers."

-credit: cgr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Scott Dixon , Dan Wheldon , Chip Ganassi , Danica Patrick
Teams Team Penske