Top Ten for Target Team at the Kansas Speedway Kansas City, Kansas, Sunday July 3rd, 2005-- Target Chip Ganassi Racing's Darren Manning, scored a seventh place finish at Kansas Speedway for the Argent Mortgage Indy 200 and takes honours as ...
Top Ten for Target Team at the Kansas Speedway
Kansas City, Kansas, Sunday July 3rd, 2005-- Target Chip Ganassi Racing's Darren Manning, scored a seventh place finish at Kansas Speedway for the Argent Mortgage Indy 200 and takes honours as the highest finisher and qualifier for both the team and Toyota for the race weekend.
"It was a good race all in all," said the amiable driver of the no.10 Target Toyota Panoz who started from fifth spot on the starting grid. "In the beginning the no.10 Target Toyota was rather loose in turn one and two but there was some big push in turn three and four. I just hung on until the midway point of the race and put myself into a good position with 20 laps to go. That's when the real race began for me. In the end I tried to take another position by making a move on Scheckter but in doing so, I ended up giving way to Sharp and lost a spot instead. It wasn't what we were hoping for but it's a good top ten finish none the less."
Teammate Scott Dixon also had a top ten finish within his grasp but with a third of the race to go, was hampered by a damaged aerodynamic component (inside wheel cover), unfortunately dropping him to the back of the field.
"After the second to last pit stop the no.9 Target Toyota just had an incredible amount of drag," said Dixon who dropped from eighth spot to finish 17th. "There was absolutely nothing I could do. Up to that point I was hanging off the back of the lead pack, bidding my time and saving fuel. My car was better on the low line than on the high line. I was hoping to stick it out for a pretty good finish but unfortunately that just didn't happen for us today."
From his 11th place starting position, Target rookie Ryan Briscoe was starting to look good at the midway point of the race running with his teammates in the lead pack. On lap 114 however, the young rookie radioed in problems with the clutch and was forced to abandon the fight.
"I struggled at the start of the race with the car set up and our first stint wasn't fantastic but in the first pit stop the Target crew gave me a little more wing and when I got back out there I found that the no.33 Target Toyota worked really well on the higher line", said Briscoe who was credited with a 21st place finish. "I really started to make up ground and move forward. With half the race to go I had caught up with the lead pack and the chances for a top ten finish were looking really good. That's when I felt the clutch start to slip and it finally was gone. It's really disappointing but that's racing."
Following the Kansas race, Target Chip Ganassi Racing's will have a rare weekend off before getting back on track in two weeks time in Nashville, TN, for the Firestone Indy 200, on Saturday night, July 16th.