IPS: IRL: St. Pete: Chip Ganassi Racing qualifying summary

DIXON PUTS TARGET TEAM ON SECOND ROW FOR GRAND PRIX OF ST.PETERSBURG St. Petersburg, Florida (Saturday, March 31, 2007) - Target Team driver Scott Dixon put the No.9 Target Honda-powered Dallara in fourth spot on the grid for Sunday's Grand Prix...

DIXON PUTS TARGET TEAM ON SECOND ROW FOR GRAND PRIX OF ST.PETERSBURG

St. Petersburg, Florida (Saturday, March 31, 2007) - Target Team driver Scott Dixon put the No.9 Target Honda-powered Dallara in fourth spot on the grid for Sunday's Grand Prix of St. Petersburg after making the Firestone Fast Six shootout.

The provisional pole sitter after single car qualifying, Tony Kanaan put his car into the wall during the Firestone Fast Six, giving Helio Castroneves the pole position.

St. Petersburg resident, Dan Wheldon didn't quite have luck on his side after contact with the tire barrier in morning practice caused enough damage to the No.10 Target car that the Target Team had to prepare the back-up car for qualifying. A bobble during his qualifying lap left him out of the Firestone Fast Six Shootout and a 14th place starting position.

INDY PRO TEAM- The Indy Pro team and driver Chris Festa started from the 15th spot on the grid for the first race of two this weekend, and took the checkered in eighth place. The no.9 Indy Pro entry will start the second race on Sunday from eighth position on the grid.

TARGET CHIP GANASSI RACING QUOTEBOARD:

Scott Dixon-No.9 Target Honda Dallara Firestone :

"I'm feeling pretty confident about the car and the race. We'll definitely have some opportunities tomorrow to make our way forward. We really just have to keep earning points and keep our eye on the big prize. If we have a good race we could leave St.Pete leading the championship and that is what we want."

Dan Wheldon-No.10 Target Honda Dallara Firestone:

"It's been a pretty terrible day actually. In practice, my outside right front clipped the tires at the outside of (Turn) 2.It damaged the suspension and put me into the wall. The team put together the backup car in time for qualifying but I had a terrible qualifying run. I made a pretty big mistake going onto the back stretch that cost me a lot of time so I'm disappointed. It has been incredibly frustrating. I just haven't been able to get the car to my liking and perhaps just pushing too hard. What's incredible about this Target team is how they can work so hard and quickly to get me a car that's capable of being quick again. We'll go into the race with a positive outlook and see what happens."

-credit: cgr

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Series IndyCar , Indy Lights
Drivers Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Dan Wheldon , Chip Ganassi , Chris Festa
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing