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TARGET TEAM LOOKING TO DEFEND NASHVILLE WIN THIS WEEKEND'S INDYCAR ACTION: Target Team drivers Scott Dixon (No.9 Target Honda-powered Dallara) and Dan Wheldon (No.10 Target Honda-powered Dallara) have a concrete challenge on their hands ...

TARGET TEAM LOOKING TO DEFEND NASHVILLE WIN

THIS WEEKEND'S INDYCAR ACTION: Target Team drivers Scott Dixon (No.9 Target Honda-powered Dallara) and Dan Wheldon (No.10 Target Honda-powered Dallara) have a concrete challenge on their hands this weekend as they hope to defend the Target team's 1-2 finish last year at Nashville Superspeedway. The Firestone Indy 200 will take place Saturday evening and is the 11th race in 17-race 2007 season.

INDY PRO SERIES: Chris Festa and the no.9 CareCentric Target Indy Pro Series team will also compete in at Nashville Superspeedway this weekend. Festa had a pole position and a second place finish in the season opener at Homestead-Miami Speedway but is still looking for an elusive win.

KEEPING IT GOING, AND GOING, AND GOING... The Target team is hoping to keep the momentum created by last week's success at Watkins Glen with a win by Scott Dixon going... and going, and going... this weekend as the no.9 Target Honda will once again take on the blue /black /silver colours of the Energizer E2 Lithium Battery theme featuring the pink bunny that keeps going, and going and going.... The last time Dixon took the wheel of the no.9 Energizer schemed car, he drove it to Victory Lane at Watkins Glen in 2006! The Target team will be joined this weekend by the actual Energizer bunny who will also be present at the IndyCar Series autograph session and take part in pre-race ceremonies for the Firestone Indy 200 at Nashville Superspeedway.

LUCKY NUMBER 13: This Friday's practice will take place on Friday the 13th. The Target team has 13 wins in the IndyCar Series since 2003. Dan Wheldon has 13 career IndyCar wins of his own with Andretti Green Racing (9) and the Target team (4). Scott Dixon has been running at the finish of every IndyCar Series race since Watkins Glen in 2005, a span of 26 (2 x 13) races, an IndyCar Series record.

A LOOK at NASHVILLE IN THE REAR VIEW MIRROR: Last year, the Target team's Scott Dixon and Dan Wheldon combined to lead a total of 184 of the 200 lap race at Nashville Superspeedway to give the team their first 1-2 finish since joining the IndyCar Series in 2003. Dan Wheldon won the pole position as well at Nashville last year while Dixon started on pole in 2003 and finished second en route to his IndyCar Series Championship.

DIXON JOINS WALL OF FAME: As with the past two years, Target team driver Scott Dixon's championship laurel from his race win at the Watkins Glen Grand Prix was placed among racing memorabilia at historic Seneca Lodge at Watkins Glen, NY this week by Craig Rust, President of Watkins Glen International, on behalf of Dixon, the Target team and the track.

Dixon's victory was truly a historical achievement as he joined Formula 1 great Graham Hill ('63 - '65) as one of the only drivers to win three consecutive major open-wheel races at The Glen. He also joined the exclusive club of drivers that have won three consecutive races at The Glen in any major racing series that already included Hill and NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series drivers Mark Martin '93-'95 and Jeff Gordon '97 -'99. Tony Stewart also has three wins including '02, '04 and '05.

-credit: cgr

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Series IndyCar , Indy Lights
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Tony Stewart , Scott Dixon , Dan Wheldon , Chip Ganassi , Chris Festa , Graham Hill , Mark Martin
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing