IRL: Nazareth: Chip Ganassi Racing preview

Impressive Qualifying Streak Scott Dixon has qualified in the top-6 in 11 straight races. Included in that streak are 4 poles 2 second place starts. His qualifying average over the last ten races is a stellar 2.6. Scheckter's...

Impressive Qualifying Streak

Scott Dixon has qualified in the top-6 in 11 straight races. Included in that streak are 4 poles 2 second place starts. His qualifying average over the last ten races is a stellar 2.6. Scheckter's qualifying average for the season is an impressive 5.9.

Nazareth -- Home Away From Home For Dixon

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.

Laps Led Per Start

Dixon has scored an impressive 52 laps led per start this season. He stands second all-time in that category for drivers that have made more than 1 start in their career. Tony Stewart leads with 58.2 laps led per start.

Leading The Way

The season, Dixon has led 625 laps. That is almost twice as many as second place Gil de Ferran (337 laps led). Teammate Tomas Scheckter has led 303 laps, good enough for third place in that category. The team has led a lap in 13 out of the last 14 races.

Pole Winners

With the pole win by Tomas Scheckter in Michigan, Team Target has captured four out of the last six poles. The team has also started 1-2 three times in the last seven races. For his career, Scheckter has won 5 poles in 23 races and Dixon has won 4 poles in his career. Both drivers stand in the top-5 for pole wins in IRL history. The team is also after their 8th pole in the last 14 races. Scott Dixon won the pole in Japan, Richmond, Kansas and Nashville while Tomas Scheckter grabbed the top spot in Texas and Michigan.

Target House Donations Adding Up

So far this season the team has donated $44,225 to Target House and St. Jude's Children's 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

"Nazareth has always been a special place for me. You always remember the big wins in your career and Nazareth was one of those. We tested out there and as most of the places we've been to, we were pretty quick. It's an oval that's almost like a road course with all of the braking and shifting that you do and I think that will play into my strengths this weekend. We're right there in the points race, but I think that we'll need a couple of wins in the last four races to have a shot at it. The guys that I'm fighting with are all very strong competitors and it's going to come down to the last race in Texas. I've had a very fun year here at Team Target in the IRL Indy Car Series and I'm excited about these last 4 races. "

Tomas Scheckter -- No. 10 Target Toyota

"We've had five straight top-10's, but wins are what I'm after. It's good to finish races and get points, but this team is about winning. I like Nazareth. It's a very unusual oval with the corners and the elevation change on the track. We've had the speed this year, that's for sure. We just need to stay focused and get this Target car into victory lane."

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