IRL: Kansas: Toyota Motorsports Friday report

Target Toyotas 1-2 in opening day practice at Kansas; Toyota takes five of the top six KANSAS CITY, Kansas - After dominating the last three races, Target Toyota teammates Tomas Scheckter and Scott Dixon registered the top two practice times in...

Target Toyotas 1-2 in opening day practice at Kansas;
Toyota takes five of the top six

KANSAS CITY, Kansas - After dominating the last three races, Target Toyota teammates Tomas Scheckter and Scott Dixon registered the top two practice times in each of today's two practice sessions in preparation for Sunday's Kansas Indy 300. Overall, Toyota's occupied five of the day's top-six places.

Scheckter led Dixon in both practice sessions with the fastest overall time of 218.264 mph. Dixon, who has won the last two IndyCar Series events, placed second just .0604 seconds behind the South African.

Toyota engines also powered Tora Takagi (Pioneer Toyota) to fourth overall with Helio Castroneves (Marlboro Toyota) and Scott Sharp (Delphi Toyota) holding down the fifth and sixth spots. Felipe Giaffone (Hollywood Toyota) was eighth overall to give Toyota six of the day's top eight.

Heading into tomorrow's MBNA Qualifying, Toyota-powered cars have won the pole in four of the last five IndyCar Series races (Motegi, Indianapolis, Texas and Richmond). Scott Dixon won the most recent pole at Richmond, his second of the season.

The Target Chip Ganassi drivers ran the two highest lap totals today with Dixon logging 111 laps (166.5 miles) and Scheckter 106 (159 miles).

Toyota will be looking for its sixth consecutive victory in Sunday's Kansas Indy 300 with Dixon eyeing his third straight win after triumphing at Pikes Peak and Richmond. With three victories this year (Toyota Indy 300 at Homestead-Miami was the other), Dixon is the only driver in the series with multiple wins this season.

Toyota Drivers

1. Tomas Scheckter
2. Scott Dixon
4. Tora Takagi
5. Helio Castroneves
6. Scott Sharp
8. Felipe Giaffone
11. Gil de Ferran
12. Al Unser, Jr.
15. Jaques Lazier
16. A.J. Foyt IV

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Felipe Giaffone , Scott Sharp , Helio Castroneves , Gil de Ferran , A.J. Foyt IV , Jaques Lazier  , Scott Dixon , Tora Takagi , Chip Ganassi , Al Unser