IRL: Nashville: Chip Ganassi Racing preview

Going for 3 in a row Scott Dixon is in pursuit of his third straight pole position this weekend in Nashville. He is also after his 4th pole in the last 7 races. A Team Target driver has won 4 out of the 8 poles awarded so far this season. The...

Going for 3 in a row

Scott Dixon is in pursuit of his third straight pole position this weekend in Nashville. He is also after his 4th pole in the last 7 races. A Team Target driver has won 4 out of the 8 poles awarded so far this season. The team is also after their 5th pole in the last 7 races this weekend in Kansas. Scott Dixon won the pole in Japan, Richmond and Kansas while Tomas Scheckter grabbed the top spot in Texas.

Climbing The Records Ladder

Through just 8 races in his career, Scott Dixon already stands 11th all-time in laps led. He also stands 9th in wins (3) and 9th in pole wins (3) 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 524. The next closest competitor in that category is Gil de Ferran with 288. Teammate Tomas Scheckter stands third in laps led with 261. The team has combined to lead an amazing 48.3% of the laps run this year.

Fast and the Furious

A Team Target driver has set the fastest leader lap in 6 out of the first 8 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 seven straight races, including three pole positions. His qualifying average over the last seven races is a stellar 2.5.

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 14 of the last 15 races, including the last ten in a row. So far this season the team has donated $38,625 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 just finished two days of testing in Nashville and we're happy with the progress that we made. The track is the only concrete surfaced track that we race on and was good to get the track time to prepare. We had two main goals at the beginning of the season. One was to win Indy and the other was to win the championship. We fell short at Indy, but we're in reach of the championship. We're second in points behind Tony (Kanaan) and our focus now is to win the championship. The team had given me cars that can win races at every track that we have been to. We're at the halfway point in the season now and we have a great opportunity in front of us. If we can keep winning races, we'll be right there at the end."

Tomas Scheckter -- No. 10 Target Toyota

"It's been a challenging season so far this year. We've led a bunch of laps and been in contention to win at a lot of tracks, but things just haven't fallen our way yet. With the cars that Team Target gives us each week, there's not doubt that we'll win some races...and soon. Our test in Nashville went very well and I'm excited about next weekend. We ran competitive laps in testing and I think we have as good a chance as anyone to win here. The track is pretty smooth and it's a very nice facility. We'll keep digging and give it our best shot there next week."

-cgr-

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