What: Motorola 220 - Round 13 of the 21-race CART FedEx Championship Series. When: Sunday, Aug. 19. Broadcast: 1 p.m. Eastern, live on ESPN. Broadcast live on CART Radio Network affiliates. Coverage of practice, qualifying and the race is also...
What: Motorola 220 - Round 13 of the 21-race CART FedEx Championship Series.
When: Sunday, Aug. 19. Broadcast: 1 p.m. Eastern, live on ESPN. Broadcast live on CART Radio Network affiliates. Coverage of practice, qualifying and the race is also live on CART.com. Qualifying --- Saturday, Aug. 18. Practice - Friday, August 17.
Where: The 4.048-mile permanent road course in Elkhart Lake, WI.
History: Since 1995, Team Target has recorded five top-five finishes at Road America. In a four-race span beginning in 1995, Team Target scored four straight podium finishes, including a win by Alex Zanardi in 1997. Since 1990, the team has scored 11 top-10 finishes at Road America.
Memo Gidley's second-place finish at Cleveland on July 1 was his career-best and the highest finish of the season for Team Target.
Gidley led nine laps at the July 29 Target Grand Prix, bringing his total laps led to 134 in six races, which places him fifth in laps led for the season.
Gidley's fifth-place finish at the Target Grand Prix was his second top-5 finish of the year.
Including the Indy 500, Bruno Junqueira has finished in the top 10 five times this season (ninth at Long Beach, seventh at Nazareth, fifth at Indy, fourth at Milwaukee and ninth at Michigan).
Junqueira claimed the first pole position of his CART career in his third race on May 6 at Nazareth.
Junqueira's top finish is fourth at the Milwaukee Mile on June 6.
Junqueira placed fifth in this year's Indy 500, his first-ever race on the famed 2.5-mile oval.
Junqueira and Gidley replace Juan Montoya, the 1999 CART champion, and Vasser, the 1996 CART champion.
Junqueira claimed the 2000 European F3000 Series championship, earning four victories.
Target Chip Ganassi Racing 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 32 of the 104 pole positions since 1996.
For the fifth 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 $230,000 since 1997. So far this year, the team has donated $4,650.
TEAM TARGET SEEKING CHECKERED FLAG AT ROAD AMERICA
Gidley and Junqueira ready for challenging four-mile circuit
Elkhart Lake, Wis. - Team Target drivers Bruno Junqueira and Memo Gidley are gearing up this week for the Motorola 220 at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis. Road America is a favorite among many of the CART FedEx Series drivers, and that group includes Junqueira and Gidley. The blend of high-speed corners and elevation changes makes for a scenic, yet challenging layout. Since 1990, Team Target has enjoyed great success at Road America, recording 11 top-10 finishes, four podium finishes and one victory (Alex Zanardi in 1997).
Last year, Gidley had a "Memo-rable" run there, recording his then career-high sixth-place finish. It was a race where the American began to show that he could compete with the best drivers in the world. Gidley is hoping for an even better result in this year's event.
"Last year at Road America was a turning point in my career," Gidley said. "I started the race in 18th place and steadily moved my way through the field to where I finally ended up in sixth. That race proved to me that I could race and beat the best the series had to offer. It felt like we had won the race and it was a real confidence booster for me. I really like the high-speed corners and elevation changes that track has to offer. So far this year, we've had an opportunity to win three of our six races. I think we're overdue for a win."
Before the season started, rookie Junqueira was asked which track he was most looking forward to racing on this season. The 24-year old Brazilian responded without hesitation, "Road America. I like the rolling corners and changes in elevation. It's just like the Formula 1 tracks I've raced on in the past."
Junqueira participated in the rookie testing session at the 4.048-mile road course in July and feels confident going into this weekend's race.
"Our test session went pretty well there last month," Junqueira said. "We learned a lot about car setups, gearing and fuel mileage. Of course, I was also able to learn the track and find my braking and acceleration points. For most of this season, it was difficult for me going to these tracks that I've never seen before. This week, we are a lot further along because of that test. I think we have an excellent chance to score our first win of the season this week."
Team Target Managing Director Mike Hull is hoping that Junqueira's Road America test and Gidley's performance last year will propel his team to a strong performance this weekend.
"Bruno had a very successful test here last month," Hull said. "We were able to turn a lot of laps, which should really help him this weekend. Our baseline setup for the car should be pretty good when we hit the track on Friday. Memo's performance last year really speaks for itself. The guy turned in an outstanding performance there in 2000 and we're hoping for an even better result this time around. Team Target is hungry for a victory this week."
The Motorola 220 airs live on ESPN this Sunday at 1 p.m. EST.