IRL: Kentucky: Chip Ganassi Racing preview

Impressive Qualifying Streak Scott Dixon has qualified in the top-6 in 10 straight races. Included in that streak are 4 poles 2 second place starts. His qualifying average over the last ten races is a stellar 2.6. Laps Led Per...

Impressive Qualifying Streak

Scott Dixon has qualified in the top-6 in 10 straight races. Included in that streak are 4 poles 2 second place starts. His qualifying average over the last ten races is a stellar 2.6.

Laps Led Per Start

Dixon has scored an impressive 56.8 laps led per start this season. He stands second all-time in that category for drivers that have made more than 1 start in their career. Tony Stewart leads with 58.2 laps led per start.

Leading The Way

The season, Dixon has led 625 laps. That is almost twice as many as second place Gil de Ferran (337 laps led). Teammate Tomas Scheckter has led 303 laps, good enough for third place in that category. The team has led a lap in 13 straight races.

Pole Winners

With the pole win by Tomas Scheckter in Michigan, Team Target has captured four out of the last five poles. The team has also started 1-2 three times in the last seven races. For his career, Scheckter has won 5 poles in 23 races and Dixon has won 4 in the 11 races in his career. Both drivers stand in the top-5 for pole wins in IRL history. The team is also after their 8th pole in the last 13 races. Scott Dixon won the pole in Japan, Richmond, Kansas and Nashville while Tomas Scheckter grabbed the top spot in Texas and Michigan.

Record Setters

Through just 11 races in his career, Scott Dixon already stands 9th in IRL history for laps led. Teammate Tomas Scheckter is also notching his place in the record books. Scheckter is 7th all-time in laps led and 4th in pole wins (5). Dixon also set the record for most consecutive laps led with 343, which included Pikes Peak, Richmond and Kansas.

Lap Leaders

Scott Dixon leads the league in laps led with 625. The next closest competitor in that category is Gil de Ferran with 337. Teammate Tomas Scheckter stands third in laps led with 303. The team has combined to lead over 40% of the all of the laps run this year. Scott Dixon has led a lap in 10 of the 11 races this season.

Target House Donations Adding Up

A Team Target driver has led a lap in 12 straight races. So far this season the team has donated $44,225 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.

Quotes

Scott Dixon -- No. 9 Target Toyota

"It was a disappointing race in St. Louis for us. We had a dominant car out there and probably should have won that race. They have made improvements to the surface of the track and it's a lot better. These next couple of races are going to be very important in the championship race. It's a four way battle between Tony (Kanaan), Gil (de Ferran), Helio (Castroneves) and myself. Team Target has won a lot of championships in the past and they know how to win. Although we lost some ground last weekend, we're still right there."

Tomas Scheckter -- No. 10 Target Toyota

"I really enjoy racing on the track in Kentucky. It's a fast mile-and-a-half track with room for overtaking. The guys down there have really stepped it up and made the track a lot better. They did a lot of work in turns one and two and made the track much smoother. Both the track and the IRL have listened to the drivers concerns and have acted on those. We have done quite a bit of testing down there and I think that we're prepared to contend for a victory. Team Target has been very innovative this year and they are always trying new and different ways to make the cars more competitive. The guys have been busting their tails this year to get us into victory lane and I want to give them a reward for all of their hard work. Hopefully, we can get that done this weekend."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tony Stewart , Tomas Scheckter , Gil de Ferran , Scott Dixon , Chip Ganassi
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing