IRL: Texas: Chip Ganassi Racing preview

TARGET INDYCAR TEAM TEXAS ADVANCE THIS WEEKEND: Target Team IndyCar drivers Scott Dixon (No.9 Target Honda-powered Dallara) and Dan Wheldon (No.10 Target Honda-powered Dallara) will take on the high-banked 1.5 mile super speedway at Texas Motor...

TARGET INDYCAR TEAM TEXAS ADVANCE

THIS WEEKEND: Target Team IndyCar drivers Scott Dixon (No.9 Target Honda-powered Dallara) and Dan Wheldon (No.10 Target Honda-powered Dallara) will take on the high-banked 1.5 mile super speedway at Texas Motor Speedway for 228 laps (342 miles/550 kilometers) this Saturday night. The Bombardier Learjet 550K is the 7th race in 17-race 2006 season. The team will once again be sporting a new livery this weekend as the no.9 Target Honda, driver Scott Dixon and crew will trade in the traditional red and white for the blue and white colours of team sponsor, Commit.

VENUE: Texas Motor Speedway 1.5 mile asphalt oval with 24-degree banked turns has produced some of the close racing that has been the hallmark of the IndyCar Series over the last 10 seasons.

TV RACE BROADCAST AIR DATE: ESPN2, 10 p.m. (ET), Saturday, June 9, 2007

CATCH IT LIVE ON THE WEB: The Indycar.com website features Live Video Streaming in addition to Live Timing & Scoring, audio from the IMS Radio Network, a chat feature and links to other videos. Streaming video also will be available live for all practice and qualifying sessions from Texas Motor Speedway.

COMMITTED TO SUCCESS: The no.9 Target car, driver Scott Dixon and crew will be showing off the blue and white colours of CommitÒ nicotine lozenges this weekend in Texas. GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Consumer Healthcare has the only smoking cessation sponsorship in motorsports with its brands NicoretteÒ nicotine gum, NicoDermÒ CQÒ nicotine patches and CommitÒ nicotine lozenges. GSK Consumer Healthcare's motorsports involvement also features the first-of-its-kind "QUIT Crew" program that provides smoking cessation coaching to racing teams including Chip Ganassi Racing. Over 200 participants from the racing community have enrolled. For more information, go to quit2winracing.com

THE (Championship) RACE IS ON! After six race races, Wheldon retains his second place spot in the Championship with 218 points following a third place result at Milwaukee. Dixon, who finished on the heels of his Target teammate in fourth place, also remains close behind in the IndyCar Series title hunt in third spot with 216 points. 2007 Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti takes over the lead in the driver standings thanks to a second place result at Milwaukee giving him the Championship lead with 221 points, just 3 points over the Target team.

WE'VE GOT A STREAKER! Scott Dixon has been running at the finish of 22 consecutive races and is the only IndyCar driver to have completed every lap this season to date.

TEXAS REVISITED: Last year, Dixon equaled his best finish at Texas, finishing just 0.2402 of a second behind race-winner Helio Castroneves. After taking the lead three times for a total of 171 laps (of 200), Wheldon had a small set back in the pits and finished the race third.

-Dixon's best qualifying position at Texas was in second in both 2003 & 2006 when he started and finish second in both races.

-Dixon's best finish at Texas was second place. He did it twice (2003 to win the Championship & 2006)

-Wheldon's best finish at Texas was third (2004 & 2006).

-Wheldon's best qualifying effort at Texas was second (2006).

-The last time the Target Team had the pole in Texas was in 2003 (day race) with Tomas Scheckter

-The last time the Target team won at Texas was 2002 with Jeff Ward as he edged Al Unser, Jr. by .011 of a second in what was at the time, the closest finish in IRL history.

A LOOK IN THE REAR VIEW MIRROR: The Target team has two wins, a pole position and four runner-up finishes, and ten top-fives this season to date. Dan Wheldon earned the pole in Homestead and took the top spot in both Homestead-Miami and Kansas this season. Scott Dixon finished second in Homestead-Miami, on the streets of St. Petersburg and the Indianapolis 500.

LAST RACE: The ABC Supply Co./A.J. Foyt 225 presented by Time Warner Cable at the Milwaukee Mile

-credit: cgr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Jeff Ward , Helio Castroneves , Dario Franchitti , Scott Dixon , Dan Wheldon , Chip Ganassi , A.J. Foyt , Al Unser
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing