IRL: Watkins Glen: Chip Ganassi Racing preview

Target Team Looks Forward to Road Trip at Watkin Glen Road Trip--Target Chip Ganassi Racing hits the road for a third and final time this season as they head to the Finger Lakes region of New York at the historic 3.37-mile undulating road ...

Target Team Looks Forward to Road Trip at Watkin Glen

Road Trip--Target Chip Ganassi Racing hits the road for a third and final time this season as they head to the Finger Lakes region of New York at the historic 3.37-mile undulating road circuit of Watkins Glen International. Target Chip Ganassi Racing will field two cars this weekend with Scott Dixon and Giorgio Pantano at the helm. This will be the 16th of 17 races on the IndyCar Series season schedule.

The Road to Success--Target Chip Ganassi Racing has working all year for that elusive win and Watkins Glen track looks to be their best hope as the 2005 IndyCar season begins to draw to a close with just one more race in Fontana in October. The Target drivers have tested here twice this season on the racetrack which 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". This weekend's race will be the first major open-wheel series race at the facility since 1981.

King of the Road-- Target Chip Ganassi Racing has had a long history of success on road courses. The team boast a total of 45 wins since 1994 (IRL and Champ Car) and 26 of those have come on road or street courses. Their last road course win was at Mexico City in 2002 with driver Kenny Brack.

On the Road to Recovery-- Target Chip Ganassi Racing's 23-year-old Australian IndyCar rookie driver Ryan Briscoe (no.33 Target Pioneer /Toyota /Panoz /Firestone) continues to progress on his road to recovery after a spectacular incident on Sunday, September 11, at Chicagoland Speedway. He was released from Indianapolis' Methodist Hospital on Monday September 19.

After being transferred from Chicago's Advocate Christ Hospital 24 hours after the incident, Briscoe underwent further evaluation and treatment at Indianapolis' Methodist Hospital under the care of Dr. Scott Bjerke, Dr. Terry Trammell and Dr. Kevin Sheid, with the assistance of Indy Racing League medical personnel.

Briscoe sustained a concussion, two broken collarbones, a bruised lung and contusions to his legs and arms. He also has a tiny fracture to a small bone in his right foot and several contusions on his back. All injuries are expected to heal without requiring surgery.

Based on Briscoe's current condition, the team plans to campaign a two-car effort for each of the final two races of the 2005 IndyCar season at Watkins Glen and California Speedway.

Fast & Furious--At Infineon Raceway, the previous road course on the schedule, driver of the no.10 Target Toyota, Giorgio Pantano, topped the chart in Friday morning practice at, while teammate Scott Dixon was second and Ryan Briscoe, had the fourth-quick time of the session. All three cars made major set up changes in the afternoon session where Briscoe took over top spot for the day with both his Target teammates in the top five. Briscoe went on to top the charts in qualifying the following day to pocket his first pole position of his IndyCar career.

Catch it LIVE--Target fans can tune in to watch the Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix Presented by Argent Mortgage on ESPN Live at 3:30 pm (EDT) on Sunday, September 25th. The race will also be broadcast on the IMS Radio Network and available on XM Satellite Radio channel 152 (XM Extreme).

Next Stop--Following the Watkins Glen race, Target Chip Ganassi Racing returns to action in two weeks time for the final race of the IRL 2005 season at California Speedway in Fontana, California.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Giorgio Pantano , Scott Dixon , Ryan Briscoe , Chip Ganassi
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing