IRL: Michigan: Chip Ganassi Racing preview

Target Chip Ganassi Racing Moving on to the Michigan Monster * Target Chip Ganassi Racing gets set to take on the flat 2 mile asphalt Michigan SuperSpeedway for the Michigan Indy 400 (200 laps/ 400 miles) The d-shaped oval is one of the...

Target Chip Ganassi Racing Moving on to the Michigan Monster

* Target Chip Ganassi Racing gets set to take on the flat 2 mile asphalt Michigan SuperSpeedway for the Michigan Indy 400 (200 laps/ 400 miles) The d-shaped oval is one of the fastest and widest tracks the series visits and its width promotes two- and three-wide racing. There has been an average of 27 lead changes in the previous two races at Michigan, most of any current track.

* It is the tenth race of the 16- race 2004 IndyCar series season

* Just one point separate Target teammates Scott Dixon (200 points and tied with Vitor Meira) and Darren Manning (199 tied with Bryan Herta) in seventh and ninth place respectively, in the hunt to defend the team's 2003 IndyCar championship.

* Scott Dixon qualified 2nd and finished 5th at Michigan in 2003

* Scott Dixon did not run last weekend's race at the Milwaukee Mile due to injury. He has been cleared to drive for this weekend's Michigan Indy 400.

* Target fans can watch the race on ABC at 3:00 pm (EDT) Sunday, August 1st or they can listen in on the IMS Radio Network.

#1 Scott Dixon- Toyota / Panoz G-Force /Firestone

"I'm really happy to know that I'll be able to get behind the wheel this coming weekend in Michigan since both the ankle and the thumb are feeling much better. I'll be fitted for a brace for my thumb in the next few days simply to make it more comfortable to drive but I'm sure it'll be fine by race day. This past weekend on track was very disappointing for all of us at Target Chip Ganassi Racing. However, while it has been a rough season to date, it is a credit to this Target team to see how hard the crew has been working to get the cars ready to race, not just this past weekend but every single time out there. I just want to get back to racing as soon as possible and get back on top where we should be."

"Michigan hasn't been a place where I have had much luck but we're looking to change that. It's the kind of race where it doesn't really matter where you start and anything can happen. The key will be to stay in the draft and with the leaders."

#10 Darren Manning- Toyota / Panoz G-Force /Firestone

"I've reviewed video of past races at Michigan and it looks like a track with many race lines possibilities. The Target team has consistently given me a great car that I can go practically anywhere with. I think the high line may be the way to go at this particular track. I think there will be plenty of passing and close racing much like we saw at Texas. I believe Toyota may have a little more for us this weekend that should certainly help us run up front. We're looking for a good result to get back on track."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Darren Manning , Scott Dixon , Bryan Herta , Chip Ganassi , Vitor Meira
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing