IRL: Watkins Glen: Chip Ganassi Racing race report

Dixon Keeps Going and Going... Energizes Target Team with Win at Watkins Glen Watkins Glen, NY, Sunday, June 4, 2006--Target Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon drove the no.9 Target Energizer car to his second consecutive victory at the...

Dixon Keeps Going and Going...
Energizes Target Team with Win at Watkins Glen

Watkins Glen, NY, Sunday, June 4, 2006--Target Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon drove the no.9 Target Energizer car to his second consecutive victory at the historic 3.37-mile undulating road circuit of Watkins Glen International, giving the team its second win of the 2006 IndyCar season.

Dixon took control of the race on lap 47 and led the final nine laps of the timed race (55 laps) staying clear of trouble as a steady rain began to fall with 10 minutes remaining. As cars began to pit for rain tires that they used to start the race, the Target Team and the defending race winner gambled and kept the slicks, a decision that paid off and gave Dixon his fifth career IndyCar Series win.

"I think it was a day where we were pretty confident throughout the race, knowing that we had the speed to do it," said Dixon, who started fourth and became the first repeat winner in five IndyCar Series road/street races. "I think all year, the Target team with Dan and I, have had fast cars, we just weren't able to put it all together. We've won two races this year. We're back in winner's circle and the Energizer car is looking cool. We're just happy. It was extremely tough because of the conditions. It just started raining and it was hard to tell how hard to push it because you have 10-15 guys behind you that will push as hard. I think we had enough of a jump to hold them off. We definitely have a bit of luck here at Watkins Glen."

After leading 13 laps of his own, luck was decidedly not on Target teammate Dan Wheldon's side when a drive train failure ended his race prematurely in the pits following his final stop.

"It was a good day and bad day for the No. 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing team but I am very happy to see my teammate Scott Dixon win in the Target-Energizer car," said Wheldon who was credited with a 15th place finish. "For me personally to lose another race that we were very competitive at makes it disappointing day but it only makes me that much more motivated to win next weekend in Texas."

With the win at the Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix, Target Chip Ganassi Racing now boasts a total of 48 wins since 1994 (IRL and Champ Car), 28 of which have come on road or street courses.

The Championship race tightens up even more as Scott Dixon (170 points) leapfrogs into second place, just 12 points behind Helio Castroneves. Dan Wheldon is now fourth with 157 points, just behind Sam Hornish Jr. (162 points).

-cgr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Scott Dixon , Dan Wheldon , Chip Ganassi , Sam Hornish Jr.
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing