IRL: Indy 500: Chip Ganassi Racing Opening Day preview

Indy 500 Lap Leaders Team Target has led a lap in the last 3 Indy 500's. In that time, the team has led a total of 217 laps, which is the most of any team in the last 3 years. Last year, Tomas Scheckter led a race-high 85 laps in the ...

Indy 500 Lap Leaders

Team Target has led a lap in the last 3 Indy 500's. In that time, the team has led a total of 217 laps, which is the most of any team in the last 3 years. Last year, Tomas Scheckter led a race-high 85 laps in the event.

Leading the way

Scott Dixon has led a lap in every race this season. He is only one of two drivers to accomplish that feat. Dixon stands second in laps led for the season.

#10 Looking for first Indy 500 win

In the 87-year history of the event, no car #10 has ever won the Indy 500. Tomas Scheckter will be looking to alter the history books this year.

Fast and the Furious

Tomas Scheckter has set the fastest lap of the race in 8 of the 15 races in his career, including last year's Indy 500. Teammate Scott Dixon has set the fastest leader lap in two out of the first three races this year.

Scheckter A Superstar

Tomas Scheckter recently competed in the 2003 Met-Rx Superstars Competition in Jamaica. Scheckter competed against the likes of National Football Players Ahman Green of the Green Bay Packers, Hines Ward of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Charlie Garner of the Oakland Raiders. Scheckter won 4 out of the first 5 events and finished second in the competition by a single point. He won the wall climb, swimming, biking and kayaking events.

Leading the way

A Team Target driver has led a lap in 10 of the last 11 races, including the last three in a row. Since the beginning of the seasons, the team has donated $10,225 to Target House and St. Jude's Childrens Hospital. Since 1997 the team has donated $5,000 for each win, $1,000 for each pole and $25 for each lap led to the charity. Target House serves as a home away from home for the families of children admitted to St. Jude Children's hospital.

Lucky Number 9

The number 9 Target car has won 3 IRL events with 3 different drivers in the last 3 years. Juan Montoya piloted the #9 to a victory in the 2000 Indianapolis 500, Jeff Ward drove it to victory lane last year in Texas and Scott Dixon found the #9 to be the lucky number last month in Homestead.

First time's a charm

In Homestead, Scott Dixon became just the third driver to win in his debut in the Indy Racing League, with two of them being Team Target drivers. He joins Buzz Calkins and former Team Target driver Juan Montoya on that short list.

Quotes

Scott Dixon -- No. 9 Target Toyota

"I've finally been cleared to drive and it was great news, to say the least. I need to thank Dr. Scheid and Dr. Fisher for doing such a great job in healing my hand and wrist. I have full motion now, I'll just have to wear a small splint while I'm in the car. I'm hoping to get in the car during the first week of practice to get some laps and see how it feels. I've only been around the track once before. I paid my dollar and hopped into the speedway tour bus. It's going to be a totally different experience going over 200 mph versus 55 mph in the bus."

Tomas Scheckter -- No. 10 Target Toyota

"It's finally here. This is just an awesome race and I'm with a great team with a great car. The Indy 500 is a huge event and we have one goal this year, to win the biggest race in the world. Team Target has won this race before and they have all of the tools to get it done again. We have a great package with the Toyota Panoz G Force and I'm very excited about the upcoming month of May."

-cgr-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Buzz Calkins , Jeff Ward , Scott Dixon , Chip Ganassi
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing