IRL: Michigan: Chip Ganassi Racing preview

Going for 4 in a row Scott Dixon is in pursuit of his fourth consecutive pole position this weekend in Michigan. That would tie the IRL record for consecutive poles. He is also after his 5th pole in the last 8 races. The team is also after ...

Going for 4 in a row

Scott Dixon is in pursuit of his fourth consecutive pole position this weekend in Michigan. That would tie the IRL record for consecutive poles. He is also after his 5th pole in the last 8 races. The team is also after their 7th pole in the last 10 races. Scott Dixon won the pole in Japan, Richmond, Kansas and Nashville while Tomas Scheckter grabbed the top spot in Texas. Former Team Target driver Bruno Junqueira won the pole at the season finale in 2002.

At home in Michigan

Last year in Michigan, Tomas Scheckter dominated the competition. Not only did he win the pole, but he also set the fastest lap of the race and led the most laps (122) en route the first victory of his career. In the final 26 laps, Scheckter charged through the field from 11th to capture the checkered flag. Scheckter is also the track record holder at Michigan with a qualifying lap of 221.868 mph.

Climbing the records ladder

Through just 9 races in his career, Scott Dixon already stands 11th all-time in laps led. He also stands tied for 9th in wins (3) and tied for 5th in pole wins (4) all-time. Teammate Tomas Scheckter is also notching his place in the record books. Scheckter is 7th all-time in laps led and tied for 5th in pole wins with 4. 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 544. The next closest competitor in that category is Gil de Ferran with 337. Teammate Tomas Scheckter stands third in laps led with 261. The team has combined to lead an amazing 44% of the laps run this year. Scott Dixon has led a lap in 8 of the 9 races this season.

Birthday boy

Scott Dixon is hoping to give himself a nice birthday present this weekend as he chases his 4th win of the season. Dixon turned 23 years old on Tuesday. Happy Birthday Scott!

Fast and the furious

A Team Target driver has set the fastest leader lap in 6 out of the first 9 races this year. Scott Dixon set the pace in Homestead, Phoenix, Pikes Peak and Richmond, while Scheckter accomplished the feat in Texas and Japan.

Fast Starter

Scott Dixon has started in the top-6 in eight straight races, including four pole positions, a second, a third, a fourth and a sixth. His qualifying average over the last eight races is a stellar 2.375.

Away From The Track

When he's not racing at 220 mph, Tomas Scheckter likes to relax by hitting 300+ yard drives on the golf course. Scheckter has been playing since he was 9 and finds the game a fun diversion away from the track. Scott Dixon enjoys watching movies on the big screen and is in training to compete in a few triathlons later this year.

Lap Leaders

A Team Target driver has led a lap in 15 of the last 16 races, including the last eleven in a row. So far this season the team has donated $40,125 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

"We tested up in Michigan last week and things went very well. It's going to be an exciting race, that's for sure. There's going to be a lot of side by side racing, and it's probably going to come down to the last lap. I'm looking forward to it. With our second place finish in Nashville, we've closed the points gap on Tony (Kanaan). If we can become a little more consistent, I think that we'll have a great shot at the championship. Team Target has been giving me great cars this year and the Toyota engines have been very strong."

Tomas Scheckter -- No. 10 Target Toyota

"Michigan is a very special place for me. Last year, I won the pole and won the first race of my career. It's a track that I really feel comfortable at. We tested in Michigan last week and learned a lot about this year's car and engine combination. Hopefully, we'll overcome some of the bad luck this season and get a win this weekend. I know that we'll have a car that's capable of winning, we just need to avoid some of those little gremlins that have been popping up. It's going to be a great race for both us drivers and the fans. I'm going to give everything I have and try to get this Target car up front at the end."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Gil de Ferran , Bruno Junqueira , Scott Dixon , Chip Ganassi
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing