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Scheckter Finishes 4th For Team Target At Indy Team Target hotshoe Tomas Scheckter led 63 laps in today's Indianapolis 500 and appeared to be headed towards tasting the milk in victory lane. The 22-year old South African dominated a good...

Scheckter Finishes 4th For Team Target At Indy

Team Target hotshoe Tomas Scheckter led 63 laps in today's Indianapolis 500 and appeared to be headed towards tasting the milk in victory lane. The 22-year old South African dominated a good portion of the race, leading the majority of the laps from lap 50 until lap 167. Scheckter was one of many drivers who was battling for the lead at the end of the race and he wound up finishing a respectable 4th on the day. Over the last 2 races at the speedway, Scheckter has led 148 laps, which is more than any other driver during that span. He has also led the most laps at the speedway in 2000, when former Team Target driver Juan Montoya led 167 laps en route to the victory that year. Scheckter was happy with his finish.

"It was a pretty good day for us," said the affable Scheckter. "We led a bunch of laps and gave ourselves a chance to win today. Team Target did an unbelievable job all month. When I was in the lead, we had a great car. It was difficult to pass if you were behind someone. The field here is so close and competitive that any one of us (in the top 4 or 5) could have won it at the end. I have to thank all of our team's sponsors and Toyota for giving us the support that it takes for us to run like we did today. Obviously, it would have been great to win but I'm happy with our day."

Teammate and Indy 500 rookie Scott Dixon led 15 laps of his own before experiencing fuel pick-up problems on his #9 Target Toyota. The problem forced Dixon to pit 10-12 laps earlier than he needed to, yet Dixon was still on the lead lap in 7th place and fighting for the victory with just 10 laps to go. While warming his tires on the pace lap, the car came around and made contact with the inside wall along the front straight. Dixon wound up 17th on the day. He is only one of two drivers to lead a lap in every race this season.

"We had a fuel pickup problem from the start of the race and that forced us to pit 10-12 laps earlier than we needed to," Dixon said. "If we didn't have that problem, I think that we could have walked away with it. We had a great car and our lap times were faster than the leader on most of the laps. Unfortunately, when we would get closer to the leader, we would have to come in early to pit. The spin towards the end of the race was my fault. This whole month was a huge experience for me. I never knew that it was this big. The atmosphere is awesome and I can't wait to get back here next year."

Over the last 4 years at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Team Target has led 295 laps, the most of any team during that time span. The team now heads to Richmond for testing this week before traveling to Texas Motor Speedway next week for the Bombardier 500 on Saturday, June 7th.

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