Fort Worth, Texas, Thursday, June 8, 2006--Target Chip Ganassi Racing followed up their second victory of the 2006 season in Watkins Glen last weekend with a very respectable first and second row starting positions for this Saturday night's race...
Fort Worth, Texas, Thursday, June 8, 2006--Target Chip Ganassi Racing followed up their second victory of the 2006 season in Watkins Glen last weekend with a very respectable first and second row starting positions for this Saturday night's race at Texas Motor Speedway. Dan Wheldon will be starting second on the grid next to pole sitter Sam Hornish Jr., while Target teammate Scott Dixon will take his place fourth on the starting grid.
Earlier in the day, hot laps took on an entirely new meaning as the track temperature at the start of the first of two pre-qualifying sessions was 133 degrees. Both Target cars had the fastest speeds in combined practice standings with Scott Dixon topping the chart at 214.864 mph (24.3782 seconds) with teammate Dan Wheldon in hot pursuit was second with a speed of 214.553 mph (24.5238 seconds).
#10 Dan Wheldon- Honda / Dallara /Firestone
"I think it was a relatively clean and good run. This year, we've been just a little shy. I think we have a car that is certainly reasonable for the race. That is something we worked on this morning. I think this year's race will be very close. I think the fans are in for something that will be very entertaining."
"I've never really qualified very well here but have always had a good race so starting from second in the No.10 Target Honda is a definite improvement. We've had some bad luck in the last two races after being in a position to win both times so we're looking for a good finish here this weekend. This is always an exciting race here at Texas."
#9 Scott Dixon- Honda / Dallara /Firestone
"We're pretty disappointed actually because we kind of messed it up. We went with too long a sixth gear so I had to use 5th and lost too much momentum. But that's still not too bad because here at Texas, as long as you in the top six to eight you'll be just fine for the start. Fourth isn't too bad but we knew the Target car had a lot more in it."
"The car is pretty decent. Saturday night, with the temperatures going down, it will be a lot nicer. Our team has had a ton of confidence all year. The car has been quick, but we haven't capitalized on it."