Iowa: Chip Ganassi Racing preview

A moment with Mike Hull: Before departing to Iowa Speedway TCGR Managing Director Mike Hull spoke about the upcoming seven-race stretch. "How to handle a long stretch of races is really a simple answer in that you don't think of the upcoming...

A moment with Mike Hull: Before departing to Iowa Speedway TCGR Managing Director Mike Hull spoke about the upcoming seven-race stretch. "How to handle a long stretch of races is really a simple answer in that you don't think of the upcoming weeks as seven races. Rather, you only focus on today. We are just focused on Iowa and we want to get the most out of each day at Iowa. You truly have to take each race one at a time. The sum is the result of hard work on each individual day."

Celebration Luncheon: On Wednesday (June 18) Chip Ganassi Racing, Inc's (CGR) Indianapolis-based IndyCar and Rolex Series teams celebrated their two most recent double-win weekends with a victory lunch: Kansas Speedway (Wheldon, April 27) and Texas Motor Speedway (Dixon, June 7). CGR's Rolex Sports Car driven by Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas scored wins on the same days at Virginia International Raceway and Watkins Glen International, respectively.

CGR's Centennial: CGR has scored 97 career wins since its inception in 1990. The team's 2008 season has started in winning fashion by scoring eight victories in its first 13 races (IndyCar and Rolex). Six of the eight wins have occurred on the same day by both CGR Indianapolis-based series.

Scott Dixon and the No. 9 Commit Honda Team

Commit Colors: Dixon will run a special blue Commit paint scheme in Iowa and his No.9 team members will also trade their red Target for blue Commit firesuits.

View from the Front: Sunday's Iowa Speedway event marks the third consecutive race Dixon has entered as the championship points leader. Viewers will be able to track the point leader's progress at Iowa via a Honda sponsored In-Car Camera.

Ron and Scott: When asked about his fondest racing memory with father Ron, Dixon cited that his first championship in formula cars when he won the Formula V Championship at age 13 was one of the most cherished moments the two spent together. Dixon also noted that among personality, likes and dislikes, the main similarity the two share is their mutual passion for racing.

Quite the Partier: Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) President Eddie Gossage commended on Dixon's victory lane celebration two weeks ago by saying, "he celebrates in Victory Lane equally well, whether it's milk or Beretta six-shooters. He's a natural."

From Ricky's Point of View: Dixon's crew chief, Ricky Davis shared his insights on approaching the busy mid-point of the season. "First, the preparation starts with earlier hours at the shop. I make sure I arrive at least an hour before the guys so I have a list and plan of action for the day in place so we keep our eye on the game and stay focused during the short time that we have between races. This is definitely much easier to do when we are doing well. You really have to focus on the big picture, which is definitely the championship to us. The most challenging time I faced with keeping everyone focused was in 2005 when we struggled on track and it came down to working with everyone's personalities to make even minor accomplishments serve as pieces of motivation to us (advancing in a pit stop, keeping the car intact). As a crew member, you have to focus on what we have control over on race day which really comes down to giving the driver the best car we can and performing flawless pit stops. It's the focus that keeps you moving."

Much Needed R&R: Dixon spent his off-week with wife Emma in Turks and Caicos. The couple originally planned to visit family and friends in London during the trip but was not able to make that stop during their travels. Overall, the vacation was fantastic for the Dixon's.

Dan Wheldon and the No. 10 Target Honda Team

Reflection: When asked of his most cherished racing moment shared with his father, Wheldon responded, "to be quite honest all of our moments together during my karting career with him were moments I will always cherish. We won a lot of very big races together and without him and the rest of my family I would not be an Indianapolis 500 and IndyCar Series Champion."

Back in Black: After an abbreviated race weekend in the special No.10 Polaroid paint scheme at TMS, Wheldon will run the black car at Kentucky Speedway on August 9. Wheldon looks forward to wearing the Polaroid firesuit again as the black and colored detailing were one of his favorite designs.

To Iowa Residents: Wheldon has never experienced a flood and the devastation it causes. He wanted Iowa residents to know, "my thoughts and prayers are with everyone that has been unfortunate enough to have this tragedy in their life."

Relaxing Weekend: Wheldon and wife Susie spent the off-weekend opening their wedding gifts from March because they did not have time to complete the task earlier. They are now tackling the process of writing thank-you cards.


No. 9 Commit Honda: IR6-006; Dixon won at Homestead-Miami this year and scored Watkins Glen and Mid-Ohio wins in 2007.

No.10 Target Honda: IR6-001; Wheldon won at Homestead-Miami in 2006 and 2007 as well as Kansas in 2007.

Father's Day was last Sunday; what did you do for your father?

Scott Dixon: "New Zealanders do not celebrate Father's Day until September, yet I still called my dad to wish him a Happy 'American' Father's Day."

Dan Wheldon: "I spoke to my father and my whole family on the phone. They were all together enjoying a meal at one of our favorite restaurants in England. Susie and I spent the weekend with her parents. It was a very relaxing weekend and we all had a lovely time."

-credit: cgr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Scott Dixon , Scott Pruett , Dan Wheldon , Memo Rojas , Chip Ganassi , Mike Hull
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing