TEAM TARGET EXPANDS INDYCAR ARSENAL FOR OPTIMUM PERFORMANCE Motegi, Japan-Wednesday, April 27, 2005 -- As a result of Target Chip Ganassi Racing's relentless pursuit of perfection in the IRL IndyCar Series, the team's entry form for the ...
TEAM TARGET EXPANDS INDYCAR ARSENAL FOR OPTIMUM PERFORMANCE
Motegi, Japan-Wednesday, April 27, 2005 -- As a result of Target Chip Ganassi Racing's relentless pursuit of perfection in the IRL IndyCar Series, the team's entry form for the upcoming Bridgestone Indy Japan 300 is being changed to reflect the addition of a Dallara chassis for the #9 Target Toyota of Scott Dixon. Current entries for teammates Darren Manning (#10 Toyota Panoz) and Ryan Briscoe (#33 Toyota Panoz) remain unchanged.
Representing the only engine combination of its kind in the series with the marriage of the Toyota power plant and Panoz G Force platform, the Target team did not previously feel it could efficiently and productively test two different chassis with the differing driving styles of Dixon and Manning. However, with the recent addition of former Toyota Formula 1 test pilot Ryan Briscoe, a new opportunity presented itself.
"Now that our IndyCar program has expanded to three quality drivers, we feel that with a strong engineering and management group rooted deeply in information sharing, this would be the perfect time to gauge the team's performance on multiple levels," said Team Managing Director Mike Hull. "Now that the Target team is better able to monitor driver style and performance, it makes sense at this juncture to have direct comprehension and comparison of the two chassis. This team was built on racing excellence, and this is another step to ensuring Chip Ganassi Racing is doing everything in its power to maximize preparations and stay competitive."
The addition of the Dallara chassis adds to the team's open wheel arsenal, but is not indicative of a move to the Dallara chassis, or remaining with Panoz. Rather, with the reduction of track time and test days by IRL rules and standards, this will be the team's best way to monitor performance by matching data streams.
Target Chip Ganassi Racing has maintained a very positive and mutually beneficial relationship with the Panoz chassis dating back to 2000 when they joined forces to dominate and win the Indianapolis 500 with Juan Montoya. In addition, the two IndyCar racing staples scored another major victory after teaming up to capture the 2003 IndyCar title with New Zealander Dixon.
Target Chip Ganassi Racing returns to action next Saturday, April 30th at Japan's Twin Ring Motegi track for the fourth race of the 17-race IndyCar Series. Target fans can tune in to watch the Bridgestone Indy Japan 300 on ESPN at Noon (EDT) on Saturday, April 30 (tape delayed) or can listen in to the IndyCar broadcast live by the IMS Radio Network at 11:30 p.m. (EDT) on Friday, April 29. The IMS Radio Network broadcast also will be available on XM Satellite Radio channel 152 "XM Extreme" and webcast on indycar.com. Throughout the 2005 season, fans are invited to follow the team's progress by logging onto their official website at www.targetracing.com for news, features, photos and much more.