IRL: Motegi: Chip Ganassi Racing preview

Dixon On Ovals Team Target driver Scott Dixon has been phenomenal on ovals in his career. In 15 races in his career, Dixon has finishes in the top-10 in 11 of those 15 races, including his only two victories. He currently stands 3rd in laps led...

Dixon On Ovals

Team Target driver Scott Dixon has been phenomenal on ovals in his career. In 15 races in his career, Dixon has finishes in the top-10 in 11 of those 15 races, including his only two victories. He currently stands 3rd in laps led for the season. Dixon also claimed victory in two out of the three oval races in Indy Lights back in 2000.

Home Away From Home

Since 1998, Team Target has recorded 7 top-5 starts, 3 poles and a victory at the 1.5-mile Twin Ring Motegi circuit, including last year's pole and race victory. It was also Toyota's first victory at the facility. In his previous two races in Japan, Scott Dixon has finished in the top-10 both times.

Scheckter A Superstar

Tomas Scheckter recently competed in the 2003 Met-Rx Superstars  Competition
in Jamaica.  Scheckter competed  against  the  likes  of  National  Football
Players Ahman Green of the Green Bay Packers, Hines Ward of  the  Pittsburgh
Steelers and Charlie Garner of the Oakland Raiders.  Scheckter won 4 out  of
the first 5 events and finished  second  in  the  competition  by  a  single
point.  He won the wall climb, swimming, biking and kayaking events.

Lap Leaders

A Team Target driver has led a lap in 8 of the last 9 races, including the last three in a row. Over those 9 races, the team has donated $26,925 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.

Leaving Las Vegas

Scheckter and Dixon spent last Monday and Tuesday in Las Vegas testing at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. On Monday, the duo spent time walking around the city and went for a ride on the famous "Big Shot" atop the Stratosphere, over 1000 feet above the ground. The test was in preparation for the Bridgestone Indy 300 in Twin Ring Motegi, Japan.

Lucky Number 9

The number 9 Target car has won 3 IRL events with 3 different drivers in the last 3 years. Juan Montoya piloted the #9 to a victory in the 2000 Indianapolis 500, Jeff Ward drove it to victory lane last year in Texas and Scott Dixon found the #9 to be the lucky number last month in Homestead.

First time's a charm

In Homestead, Scott Dixon became just the third driver to win in his debut in the Indy Racing League, with two of them being Team Target drivers. He joins Buzz Calkins and former Team Target driver Juan Montoya on that short list.

Quotes

Scott Dixon - #9 Target Toyota

"Twin Ring Motegi is a neat track to race on. I've been there for the last two races and had two top-10 finishes. It's very fast and allows for side by side racing. Our first two races have shown that we can be competitive for the championship this year. The hard work that Team Target has done in the off-season is paying off for us. We've had the fastest race car in the last two events and that gives all of us a lot of confidence that we can win any race this year."

Tomas Scheckter - #10 Target Toyota

"This will be my first trip to the track in Japan and I'm excited about it. We tested last week in Las Vegas in preparation for Motegi and it went quite well. It's going to be a fun trip and hopefully we can get Toyota back into victory lane again this year."

-cgr-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Buzz Calkins , Jeff Ward , Scott Dixon , Chip Ganassi
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing