TARGET TEAM TOPS IN LEAD UP TO POLE DAY AT INDY 500 INDY 500 FAST FRIDAY DAY 4 PRACTICE (May 11)-- Target Chip Ganassi Racing is set to qualify on Saturday's Pole Day by closing out the first week of practice for the Indianapolis 500 by taking...
TARGET TEAM TOPS IN LEAD UP TO POLE DAY AT INDY 500
INDY 500 FAST FRIDAY DAY 4 PRACTICE (May 11)-- Target Chip Ganassi Racing is set to qualify on Saturday's Pole Day by closing out the first week of practice for the Indianapolis 500 by taking the top two spots on the timing charts on "Fast Friday". Scott Dixon set the fastest time of the week for a second straight day with a speed of 227.167 mph, while teammate Dan Wheldon, who set the benchmark on the first two days, was second fastest at 226.650 mph. The Pole Day qualifying order has Dixon second in line and Wheldon lining up seventh.
TARGET CHIP GANASSI RACING QUOTEBOARD Day 3 Indy 500 Practice:
Scott Dixon: "I think this morning as everyone could see lots of people were running early on the track when it was cooler. There was pretty good grip because it hasn't rained that much. On our first run we had a bit of understeer and for our second one, we took some wing out, and it just went quicker. We got a bit of a tow off of Sam (Hornish) Jr. and got a 227.
(About qualifying): "Clean laps, healthy cars on the track, time of day (will affect things). I think both of our cars are very quick at the moment. (Tony Kanaan) looks very strong. I think just running the speeds he did out there looked pretty clean. Last year, the groups were quite split, and you didn't have people to work with. I think it is easy to start a lap but then fight traffic quietly on a run and you normally get to see what passes over the length of four laps. We were even talking about it in the meeting early this morning about not running those decisions. I think we will have to do at least one base line but not get too caught up to them."
Dan Wheldon: (On today's practice): "There were a few little problems that we couldn't quite get out but the car is very fast. It's about getting the most out of it tomorrow. I think if we can do that, we'll have a good shot at the pole. At the end of the day, you really can't get too excited. You have to focus on the race. Last year, I saw the real disappointing side of Indianapolis and in 2005 I saw the great side. I can't let anything distract me and understand that the big picture is to win the race. It would be great to be on the front row. It would be great to get the pole because Indianapolis is a special race to me and that's something I haven't achieved yet. We'll just have to wait and see."
(On Pole Day's qualifying format): "It's no different to us. If we were thinking about not being in the top 11, Chip (Ganassi) would kick my butt from here to Milwaukee, and that's the next race. I've been very fortunate at Indianapolis to always be in cars that can contend for the pole and contend for the race wins. It's about maximizing those opportunities. I haven't quite maximized the opportunity to get the pole. That's something I feel I have a genuine shot of so we'll try and do that. But like I've said, it won't distract us from our main effort on the race."