IRL: Nazareth: Chip Ganassi Racing preview

* Target Chip Ganassi Racing heads to the unique 1 mile asphalt oval at Nazareth Speedway in Nazareth, Pennsylvania this weekend for the Firestone Indy 225 (225 laps) * This weekend's race in Nazareth marks the Indy Racing League's...

* Target Chip Ganassi Racing heads to the unique 1 mile asphalt oval at Nazareth Speedway in Nazareth, Pennsylvania this weekend for the Firestone Indy 225 (225 laps)

* This weekend's race in Nazareth marks the Indy Racing League's 100th event. It is the thirteenth race of the 16- race 2004 IRL IndyCar series season and the third of three consecutive race weekends.

* It will be the final time that the IRL will race at Nazareth as the facility is closing at the end of this season.

* Scott Dixon captured his first major open-wheel series victory in Nazareth in 2001. The win came in just his third career start. Dixon became the youngest winner in major open-wheel racing history at the age of 20 years, 9 months.

* Target Chip Ganassi Racing has captured the pole at Nazareth four times in the last five years. Scott Dixon was on pole last year. (Montoya in 1999 and 2000, Bruno Junqueira in 2001)

* With a fourth place finish in Pikes Peak, Colorado last weekend, Darren Manning equaled his IndyCar career finish for a third time (Japan, Nashville and Pikes Peak). It was his fourth top-5 this season.

* Target fans can watch the race on ABC at 2:00 pm (EDT) Sunday, August 29th or they can listen in on the IMS Radio Network.

#1 Scott Dixon- Toyota / Panoz G-Force /Firestone

"Nazareth is a track I always look forward to going to because it is so unique. It has very unique corners with an elevation change that is really unusual for an oval track and that I think drivers really appreciate. It's a shame that this is the final time we'll be running here. The Target team had a good car last year that we won the pole with. This has been a very difficult year for this team but as we wrap up the season we'd really like to do it on a more positive note and Nazareth is one of the tracks we should be able to do well on."

-cgr-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Darren Manning , Bruno Junqueira , Scott Dixon , Chip Ganassi
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing