IRL: Milwaukee: Chip Ganassi Racing Saturday report


#9 Scott Dixon- Toyota / Panoz /Firestone

"The Target team came into this weekend a bit conservative based on what happened here last year. We have posted some positive results this weekend as Darren (Manning) was pretty quick yesterday and Ryan (Briscoe) was doing really well today just before hitting the wall. We're just not taking any chances and saving it for the race. We've worked predominantly on full tank runs and the car is pretty consistent so we hope to have a good day tomorrow."

#10 Darren Manning- Toyota / Panoz /Firestone

"I went out and the no.10 Target Toyota Panoz was really loose and I had a bit of a moment between turn 3 and 4. We decided to come in and not take the chance to damage another car after Ryan's accident. Since we concentrated on race set up more than qualifying, we likely would have started in the second half of the field anyways so we didn't really lose anything. The team has been a bit more conservative this weekend running more downforce than we might usually but this isn't a track that is very forgiving. We want to run this race even if it means from starting from the back. We've been working on race set ups and running full tank runs and I feel pretty good about the car and being able to move up quickly and having a good race. "

#33 Ryan Briscoe- Toyota / Panoz /Firestone

Medical update from Dr. Geoff Billows, IRL medical official, Ryan Briscoe has been checked and released from the infield care center. He is cleared to drive.

While driver Ryan Briscoe was released and cleared by the IRL medical staff to drive, Target Chip Ganassi Racing has made the decision not to run the No.33 Target Toyota Panoz in this weekend's ABC Supply Company A.J. Foyt 225. The decision was made in order to let Briscoe rest fully following his incident in Saturday practice and prepare for next weekend's Firestone Indy 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

MIKE HULL (Team Managing Director): "It's disappointing for our team & sponsors not to run the no.33 Target Toyota this weekend but we made this decision in what we believe is the best interest of both our driver Ryan Briscoe and the Target team. It will allow him and the team to properly regroup from today's incident and prepare fully for our next race next weekend in Michigan. With these back to back race weekends, we feel it is the right call. Milwaukee is a very unforgiving track and we had a similar situation last year with Scott (Dixon). Ryan (Briscoe) is a young, very talented and hungry rookie driver and it's tough for anyone to sit out a race but we feel this is the best decision for everyone. The team has been concentrating on race set ups all weekend and have prepared two very good cars for Scott (Dixon) and Darren (Manning) to run tomorrow so we'll concentrate on getting a good result.

RYAN BRISCOE (No. 33 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Panoz/Toyota/Firestone): "I don't really know (what happened). We made a change to the car, and I was starting my first qualifying lap and on my third time by I was going into Turn 1 and the rear end came around on me. I was pretty lucky that I didn't come in backwards and went in sideways. So, I'm on my feet and a bit bruised up but otherwise okay. The team has made the decision not to have me run the rest of the weekend in order to properly rest up and be on top of my game for Michigan next weekend."


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Series IndyCar
Drivers Darren Manning , Scott Dixon , Ryan Briscoe , Chip Ganassi , A.J. Foyt
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing