West Allis, Wis. -- Team Target heads north to the Milwaukee Mile this weekend hoping to duplicate last year's performance by Juan Montoya. The former Team Target pilot gave the team its first CART victory of the 2000 season with a masterful ...
West Allis, Wis. -- Team Target heads north to the Milwaukee Mile this weekend hoping to duplicate last year's performance by Juan Montoya. The former Team Target pilot gave the team its first CART victory of the 2000 season with a masterful performance on the flat one-mile oval in West Allis, Wis. Montoya won the pole and led 179 of the 225 laps en route to the win. Rookie drivers Bruno Junqueira and Nicolas Minassian will be after the team's third win in the last four years at Milwaukee (former team driver Jimmy Vasser claimed the checkered flag in 1998).
The team hopes to continue the momentum it built Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Target Chip Ganassi Racing captured three of the top six positions at the 85th Indianapolis 500. Junqueira placed fifth, his best finish of the season.
"I am really starting to enjoy the ovals," Junqueira said. "That is easy to do when you finish fifth in your first Indy 500. Normally, I am not happy unless I win a race. But last Sunday, I was very happy with my fifth-place finish. I feel I am getting better and better with each race and it is now just a matter of time until I get my first win. I am excited to race on another oval this weekend. Especially at a track where the car that I am in now won last year."
Minassian, who placed 29th at Indy due to gearbox trouble, feels that his experience last weekend will pay dividends for him this week in Milwaukee.
"I'm very happy to have the experience of competing in the Indy 500," Minassian said. "It was an incredible feeling to be in front of all of those people. We had a solid run going until we had a gearbox problem that ended our day early. I think the experience of racing in the biggest race in the world will help me this week in Milwaukee. I was able to go through a three-wide start, several restarts and a few pit stops."
Team Target cars captured three of the top six finishing positions on Sunday. Former team driver Jimmy Vasser placed fourth and NASCAR star Tony Stewart finished sixth. Mike Hull, managing director for Team Target feels that the team can carry the momentum into this week's race in Milwaukee.
"We had a very solid race at Indianapolis," Hull said. "Of course, we were hoping for a victory, but having three cars in the top six is not a bad day at all. The team
is confident going into the race at Milwaukee this weekend and we are hoping to continue the success that we have had there."
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<pre> Team Target rookie Bruno Junqueira placed fifth in Sunday's Indy 500, his first-ever race at the famous 2.5-mile oval. A gearbox failure ended teammate Nicolas Minassian's day early. He placed 29th.
Also racing for Target Chip Ganassi Racing at Indy were Jimmy Vasser, who placed fourth, and Tony Stewart, who placed sixth.
Junqueira claimed the first pole position of his young, three-race CART career on May 6 at Nazareth.
Junqueira ranks 12th and Minassian ranks 14th in the 2001 CART point standings.
Junqueira's top finish is seventh at Nazareth. Minassian's top finish is eighth at Long Beach.
Junqueira and Minassian replace Juan Montoya, the 1999 CART champion, and Vasser, the 1996 CART champion.
Junqueira claimed the 2000 European F3000 Series championship, earning four victories. Minassian was runner-up to his new teammate, claiming three checkered flags.
Target Chip Ganassi Racing won 34 of the 94 CART FedEx Series events from 1996 through 2000.
Team Target has claimed four CART FedEx Series championships (1996-1999).
Team Target drivers have claimed 32 of the 96 pole positions since 1996.
For the fifth consecutive season, Target Chip Ganassi Racing will raise money for Target House at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital by donating $5,000 for victory, $1,000 for each pole position and $25 for each lap led. The team has donated more than $230,000 since 1997. This year the team has donated $1,325 to Target House.