CHAMPCAR/CART: Monterey: Ganassi Racing fast facts

What: Grand Prix of Monterey featuring the Shell 300. When: Sunday, June 9. Broadcast: 4:30 p.m. Eastern live on Speed Channel. Coverage of practice, qualifying and the race is also live on CART.com. Qualifying --- Friday, June 7 and ...

What: Grand Prix of Monterey featuring the Shell 300.

When: Sunday, June 9. Broadcast: 4:30 p.m. Eastern live on Speed Channel. Coverage of practice, qualifying and the race is also live on CART.com. Qualifying --- Friday, June 7 and Saturday, June 8.

Where: The 2.238-mile road course in Monterey, CA.

History: Last year, Team Target driver Memo Gidley finished second and teammate Bruno Junqueira finished seventh. Newcomer Scott Dixon turned in an impressive outing with a fourth-place finish..

Fast Facts:

Kenny Brack - No.12 Target Toyota/Lola Bridgestone

Kenny Brack won 4 races, 6 poles and led 621 laps last season. These were season-highs in the three categories.

Brack led 581 laps on ovals last year.

Brack led at least one lap in 7 of the 8 oval races in 2001.

In 2001, Brack qualified 8th or better in every oval race.

Bruno Junqueira - No. 4 Target Toyota/Lola/Bridgestone

Bruno Junqueira finished seventh in Laguna last year

Junqueira has qualified no worse than 7th in 5 races so far this year

His qualifying average of 3.4 leads all CART drivers.

Junqueira captured his second career victory in Motegi, Japan.

Junqueira on his second pole this year at last month's 86th running of the Indianapolis 500.

Junqueira recorded 5 top-10 finishes on ovals last year, including a fifth place finish in his first Indianapolis 500.

Scott Dixon - No. 44 Target Toyota/Lola/Bridgestone

With his win last year in Nazareth, Dixon became the youngest winner(20 Years, 9 months) in major open-wheel racing history.

Dixon captured the 2001 Jim Trueman Rookie-of-the-year award.

Dixon won the 2000 Dayton Indy Lights Championship with 6 victories in 12 races.

Was the 2001 leader in laps completed.

Finished 8th in the championship last year.

In his first race with Team Target, Dixon qualified 4th and finished 6th.

Dixon finished 4th last year in Laguna.

Team Target

Team Target has captured 38 career victories.

Team Target has scored at least one championship point in 14 of the last 15 races, including 8 in a row.

Team Target won 34 of the 92 CART FedEx Series events from 1996 through 2000.

Team Target has claimed four CART FedEx Series championships (1996-1999) and won the Indianapolis 500 in 2000.

Team Target drivers have claimed 34 of the 116 pole positions since 1996.

For the sixth straight season, Target Chip Ganassi Racing is raising money for Target House at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital by donating $5,000 for victories, $1,000 for pole positions and $25 for each lap led. The team has donated more than $240,000 since 1997. So far this year, the team has donated $10,900 to Target House, eclipsing last year's total of $10,600.

QUOTES:

Kenny Brack - No. 12 Target Toyota/Lola/Bridgestone

"We were so close to winning last week, but we ran into some of those bad luck gremlins again. We led for 59 laps and we turned the fastest lap of the race. But that yellow came out right after we had pitted. Oh well, I'm sure the good breaks will fall our way sometime soon. We've had pretty fast cars all year but our results haven't shown it just yet. It's going to be exciting to get back out to Laguna. It's a great track in a great area. Like Bruno said, you have to qualify near the front out there because it's very difficult to pass on that track. It's about time for our Target team to come home with a podium finish...or better yet a victory."

Bruno Junqueira - No. 4 Target Toyota/Lola/Bridgestone

"It's going to be good to get back out to Laguna. We had a very good spring training here in February when we were third-fastest overall. Our engineers and mechanics

learned a lot from that test and I'll think we'll be prepared for this weekend. I really like the track out there. It has several very difficult corners, especially the corkscrew. What a fun corner that is. It's almost like being on a roller-coaster with that elevation drop. I'm excited to get out there and see how we can do. I think that if we can qualify near the front, we'll have a good chance to win the race."

Scott Dixon - No. 44 Target Toyota/Lola/Bridgestone

"Last year I qualified 3rd and finished 4th and I think that this team has the capability to do even better this year. I'm so impressed at how the car felt last week right from the start. It was so close to being race ready. We only to make a few small changes to get the car to feel comfortable. We were running in second place for a while there at the start of the race and if hadn't slid through the pit box, who knows how well we could have finished. But a sixth place finish is still pretty good for our first race as a team. I'm very excited about this weekend's race."

-cgr-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Memo Gidley , Bruno Junqueira , Scott Dixon , Kenny Brack , Chip Ganassi
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing , Chip Ganassi Racing