Milwaukee: Chip Ganassi Racing preview

TCGR at Milwaukee: Team competed in CART races at track from 1990 to 2002, winning at The Mile in 1998 (Jimmy Vasser) and 2000 (Juan Pablo Montoya). TCGR's best IndyCar Series finish for was in 2008; Dixon 2nd and Wheldon 3rd. Scott Dixon and...

TCGR at Milwaukee: Team competed in CART races at track from 1990 to 2002, winning at The Mile in 1998 (Jimmy Vasser) and 2000 (Juan Pablo Montoya). TCGR's best IndyCar Series finish for was in 2008; Dixon 2nd and Wheldon 3rd.

Scott Dixon and the No. 9 Target Team

Dixon Joins Wall of Fame: Dixon expected last weekend to take possession of the Halberg Award statue that he won in February as New Zealand's Sportsman of the Year. But the 2008 Indianapolis 500 and IndyCar Series champion was surprised to learn that he'd been inducted into the MotorSport New Zealand Wall of Fame. Dixon joins other famous Kiwi drivers, including Bruce McLaren and Denny Hulme, who have made indelible marks on motorsport at the national or international level. The last person inducted was Dave McMillan in 2006.

"I'm still pretty young at 28 and to be alongside a lot of the greats that have come from there is pretty special," Dixon said. "I'm kind of overwhelmed between getting this honor and winning the Sportsman of the Year award. They are two of the biggest prizes as far as motor racing and sports in New Zealand. I'm truly humbled."

The Motorsport Wall of Fame was established in 1994 and located in Motorsport House as a permanent reminder of the achievements of past and present members who, through their endeavors, have been instrumental in bringing motorsport achievements to the world at large. The Halberg Awards are the country's premier sporting awards, which recognize teams and individuals.

Dario Franchitti and the No. 10 TomTom Team

Dario in the Points Lead Again: Franchitti finds himself atop the IndyCar Series standings again heading into Milwaukee (he held it following Long Beach). He took over the points lead with his seventh-place finish in the "500" and holds a five-point advantage over Helio Castroneves. Two years ago, when Franchitti won the Indianapolis 500, he left Indy third in points - just three points behind current teammate Scott Dixon and two points behind Dan Wheldon. In 2007, Franchitti took over the points lead at Milwaukee and held onto to it for all but one week en route to winning the series championship.

TomTom: TomTom Inc. recently announced that it will become an associate sponsor of Target Chip Ganassi Racing and Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates for both the IndyCar Series and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) during the 2009 racing season. TomTom will be the primary sponsor for multiple races of the No. 10 Honda Dallara driven by Franchitti in the IndyCar Series, and the No. 1 Chevrolet driven by Martin Truex Jr. in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. TomTom is the world's leading navigation solutions provider.

-credit: cgr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Jimmy Vasser , Dario Franchitti , Scott Dixon , Dan Wheldon , Denny Hulme , Bruce McLaren , Martin Truex Jr. , Chip Ganassi , Felix Sabates
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing , Chip Ganassi Racing