IRL: Homestead: Chip Ganassi Racing Friday report

Target Team Tops Friday Practice Homestead, Fl., Friday, March 24, 2006 -- Kicking off the start of the 2006 season in strong form, Target Chip Ganassi Racing drivers Dan Wheldon and Scott Dixon led the opening day of preparations for ...

Target Team Tops Friday Practice

Homestead, Fl., Friday, March 24, 2006 -- Kicking off the start of the 2006 season in strong form, Target Chip Ganassi Racing drivers Dan Wheldon and Scott Dixon led the opening day of preparations for the Toyota Indy 300 presented by XM Satellite Radio at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Wheldon, the reigning IndyCar® Series and Indianapolis 500 champion, turned a lap of 24.0004 seconds, 215.561 mph, in his No. 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone in the afternoon practice. The lap was slightly faster than Dixon, the 2003 IndyCar Series champion, whose best lap, 24.8974 214.721 mph, came in the morning session.

"I'm still getting use to working with my engineer (Andy Brown) with the limited testing time that you get," Wheldon said who joined the Target team during the off season. "I think it takes a little bit of time to get a car set up for you and exactly what you want and just working through that process. Obviously, the series has mandated we can run a lower rear wing angle and add some more rear wicker, so we're getting use to that, too. I think certainly there are other cars out there that are very quick also. As a team, we just want to keep trying to improve what we've got because of the limited time that we've run here at Homestead."

"It'll be a world of difference this year on track and you should see it right off the bat this weekend," said Dixon who won at Homestead in 2003 on his way to the series championship. "With so little horsepower difference between the cars the competition is going to be that much closer. We had some really good tests heading into the season and it's good to be quick right out of the box. The Target team has worked very hard the past two seasons to make the car better, now with the same engine as everyone else we'll get to show how strong we really are."

Target fans can tune in to watch the Toyota Indy 300 on ABC Live at 3:30 pm (EDT) on Sunday, March 26th.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Scott Dixon , Chip Ganassi
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing , Chip Ganassi Racing