IRL: Indy 500: Chip Ganassi Racing day four report

TARGET TEAM FASTEST ONCE AGAIN IN DAY 2 PRACTICE FOR INDIANAPOLIS 500 INDY 500 DAY 2 PRACTICE (May 9)-- The second day of practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway was delayed a few hours by rain, but following two hours of on track activity, the...

TARGET TEAM FASTEST ONCE AGAIN IN DAY 2 PRACTICE FOR INDIANAPOLIS 500

INDY 500 DAY 2 PRACTICE (May 9)-- The second day of practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway was delayed a few hours by rain, but following two hours of on track activity, the Target team once again emerged the team to beat. For a second straight day, Dan Wheldon set the fastest lap time of the day, this time after just seven laps, with a speed of 226.391 mph. Scott Dixon was third with a speed of 224.902 mph.

TARGET CHIP GANASSI RACING QUOTEBOARD Day 2 Indy 500 Practice:

Scott Dixon: "Today was pretty decent. I think we still have a bit of under-steer on the car, which is a lot of speed at the moment. We're pretty happy. I think we were the fastest no-tow lap. We tried to stay out of tows today, just gearing up for qualifying. I think a lot of the other guys are using a lot of tires - Dan's on his sixth set, we've just started our third set - so we're trying to save engine miles and tires until we can start at the end of this week throwing in some good, consistent qualifying runs. I think the team in general has a ton of speed and we're definitely looking at the front row. (How did the strategy change today with the rain?) - You kind of expect it and it doesn't really change. You still have your strategies and plan of what you need to get through and it just sort of pushes it back. But, then again, it saves you tires and engine miles, which is good, as well."

Dan Wheldon: "Target Chip Ganassi Racing has done a very good job. They've worked very hard leading into this month. It's been very difficult with the Japanese race and the Kansas race. The car is performing well. The biggest thing right now is that we're working toward qualifying. We're kind of in between the two. But at the same time, when you have a genuine shot at the pole, you need to make sure that mechanically the car is very good for when you take off some downforce. By the same token, I think I said this yesterday, I must be getting old because I'm much more concerned with the race than I am the pole. I learned last year that you can have a car; I think Sam (Hornish Jr.) dominated the month last year leading into the race. I think we definitely had a better race car, and we've got to continue with that mindset and not get into that whole scenario where you're throwing away tires and stuff like that to try and get on the pole. It's the race that counts. I certainly think coming back, forgetting Indianapolis, just coming back for a year with Target Chip Ganassi Racing has helped at a track where fine details make a difference and having the engineer know your particular style can be a big difference. Yesterday I didn't get into the draft but today I did have a draft. I think that's part of it. Each day, we're learning a lot. Some people think we're running qualifying levels of downforce and to answer those guys, I haven't been slow in a race yet. We're just doing our own thing. Andy Brown is working very, very hard on making sure we are mechanically well-sound for the race."

-credit: cgr

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