Second and Third Place Finish for Target in Texas Fort Worth, Texas, Saturday, June 10, 2006--Target Chip Ganassi Racing was once again poised for a great finish, taking the checkered with Scott Dixon in second and Dan Wheldon in third place...
Second and Third Place Finish for Target in Texas
Fort Worth, Texas, Saturday, June 10, 2006--Target Chip Ganassi Racing was once again poised for a great finish, taking the checkered with Scott Dixon in second and Dan Wheldon in third place under the lights at Texas Motor Speedway.
Dixon equaled his best finish at Texas, finishing just 0.2402 of a second behind winner Helio Castroneves.
"As soon as we got to the sticker tires we came alive," said Dixon, who completed all but one lap this season and recorded his sixth top-10 finish in as many races. "We had to push the front wing in, especially in traffic big time. The guys did a great job in the pits. If there was one more lap, it would have been interesting between the three of us. Dan (Wheldon) was definitely charging. Tomas (Scheckter) helped me out a bit to tow me up to Helio. It was a good race all in all. It's good for our team and good for points."
Teammate Dan Wheldon, after taking the lead three times for a total of 171 of the 200 laps under the lights, had a small set back in the pits on the final stop, but came back to set the fastest lap of the race on the final lap with a speed of 214.202 mph (24.4535 sec) to finish just a hair behind Dixon in third place.
""It's incredibly tight competition in the IndyCar Series and I'm just disappointed because we were really strong today." said Wheldon who led the most laps for the third consecutive race. "We had a fantastic car but had a problem on the last stop but it's just one of those things that happens. The Target team does a fantastic job but we just need to make sure we keep putting the races together."
The crash-free race was the third fastest event in series history with an average speed of 185.710 mph.
The Championship race gets a little more interesting as Dixon (210 points) remains second, 22 points behind Helio Castroneves (232) who now has three wins this season. Wheldon jumps into third place with 195 points, with Sam Hornish Jr. (194 points) trailing by just one point in fourth place.
Target Chip Ganassi Racing will head directly to Kansas for an IndyCar Open Test early in the week before a weekend hiatus from the race track. The team will then get set to take on the shortest oval on the IndyCar circuit, Richmond International Raceway, on June 24, for a Saturday night twilight event.