IRL: Watkins Glen: Chip Ganassi Racing Friday report

Coming Up This Weekend- Target Chip Ganassi Racing hits the road for the second road/street course of the 2006 IndyCar season at the historic 3.37-mile undulating road circuit of Watkins Glen International located in the Finger Lakes region of New...

Coming Up This Weekend- Target Chip Ganassi Racing hits the road for the second road/street course of the 2006 IndyCar season at the historic 3.37-mile undulating road circuit of Watkins Glen International located in the Finger Lakes region of New York. The racetrack features 11 turns on the long course with varied banking between 6 and 10 degrees, 115 feet between the lowest point and the highest point of the track, and highlighted by "The Boot," "The Loop" and "The Chute".

Dressed for Success- The no.9 Target Honda of Scott Dixon is sporting a new livery for this weekend's race at The Glen. The Energizer E2-Lithium theme features a black, blue and silver paint scheme along with the pink bunny that keeps going, and going and going....

"The Energizer Target car looks really sharp and we're all pretty excited about it," said Dixon. "Hopefully I'll be giving the Energizer Bunny a ride up front in the race."

The Target has in the past had various paint schemes, most notably the pink Target cars in honour of Breast Cancer Awareness month for races occurring in October.

Both Target cars also make a return to a Panoz chassis for the road course event as well.

Friday's Fast & Furious- Both Target cars were in the top five in practice on Friday at the Glen. Scott Dixon (1min 31.2363 sec; 132.973 mph) and Dan Wheldon (1 min 31.5971 sec; 132.450 mph) were fourth and fifth respectively on the speed charts.

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"We've been struggling a bit today with front grip, "said defending race winner Dixon. "I think when they changed the tires for us this year, it hurt us a lot more than the Dallaras, and trying to find front grip for us is not so easy. All in all, I think we made a few gains, but not big enough that we're at the front yet."

"We had a problem with tire sensors and it was frustrating because it took a long time to figure out," said Wheldon. "It's that time in the season where it's just tough on everybody because we've been busy. I think everyone at Target Chip Ganassi Racing is working hard towards giving us a good race car.

The Road to Success- Target Chip Ganassi Racing is looking to defend its win at Watkins Glen to continue to long history of success on road/street courses. The team boasts a total of 47 wins since 1994 (IRL and Champ Car) and 27 of those have come on road or street courses. The team's last road course win was here at Watkins Glen last September with Scott Dixon who, from his fourth place starting position, moved his no.9 Target car up to third spot on the first of what would prove to be an exciting 60-lap event. The determined Target driver would go on to pass Tony Kanaan not once, but twice for the lead, and held him off once again on a restart with four laps to go in the race.

A Look in the Rear View Mirror- At the previous street course on the schedule, the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, driver of the no.9 Target Honda, Scott Dixon, hampered by a damaged front wing throughout much of the race, posted a second place finish.

Catch it LIVE--Target fans can tune in to watch the Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix presented by Tissot on ABC Live at 3:30 pm (EDT) on Sunday, June 4th. The race will also be broadcast on the IMS Radio Network and available on XM Satellite Radio channel 145 (IndyCar Racing) and www.indycar.com.

Next Stop --Following the Watkins Glen race, Target Chip Ganassi Racing heads westward to the Lonestar State to take on the high banks and speeds of Texas Motor Speedway for a Saturday Night special on June 10th.

-cgr-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Dan Wheldon , Chip Ganassi
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing