IRL: Richmond: Chip Ganassi Racing preview

Live from Richmond... It's Saturday Night!-- For the seventh race of the 2006 season, Target Chip Ganassi Racing will race 250 laps (187.5 miles) under the lights on the shortest track on the IndyCar series circuit, the .75 mile Richmond ...

Live from Richmond... It's Saturday Night!-- For the seventh race of the 2006 season, Target Chip Ganassi Racing will race 250 laps (187.5 miles) under the lights on the shortest track on the IndyCar series circuit, the .75 mile Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, VA this Saturday, June 24.

Many drivers feel that the small D-shaped asphalt oval of Richmond International Raceway is one of the more physically demanding tracks the series races on because of the quick, sub 16--second laps and the G-Force loads the drivers feel through the turns.

Driven to Quit-- This race weekend in Richmond, the no.10 Target Honda Dallara, driver Dan Wheldon and the pit crew will be sporting a new and inspiring paint scheme. The blue, green and white NicoDerm CQ car will be driven to win at Richmond and hopes to inspire fans to win their own battle against nicotine addition.

Race for Championship-- The IndyCar Series Championship race gets a little more interesting as Dixon (210 points) remains second, 22 points behind Helio Castroneves (232) who now has three wins this season. Wheldon jumps into third place with 195 points, with Sam Hornish Jr. (194 points) trailing by just one point in fourth place.

Get the Lead Out-- In total, the team has led 401 of 955 laps this year. That is a percentage of 41.9%. Scott Dixon has led a total of 56 laps and has completed 954 of 955 laps this season. Dan Wheldon has led a total of 345 laps (of 955) and has completed 898 of 955 laps this season. Wheldon has 36.1% of laps led. Dixon has completed all but one lap this season.

FOUR!!!-- Dixon has started from fourth place or better in every race this season. Dixon has finished in the top-10 in every race this season, including a win and two second place finishes

Looking Back-- Scott Dixon dominated the 2003 SunTrust Indy Challenge at RIR, winning the pole and leading every lap of the rain-shortened event, for his second of three wins on his way to winning the 2003 IndyCar Series championship.

In 2004, as defending race winner, Scott Dixon started the race strong from sixth place on the grid but had some minor contact early on with another car, making it more difficult to pass the rest of the race. Dixon settled for an eight place finish. Darren Manning, in contrast, had a great run moving up from his eleventh place starting position and was among the leaders in sixth place before contact with the wall put him out of the race. Manning was credited with a 20th place finishing position.

In 2005, Saturday night racing fever required a dose of Tylenol in order to help dull the collective headache that the Target Team was left with after the trio of Target cars (Dixon, Manning & Ryan Briscoe) were denied the chance to see the finish line following three separate incidents.

Well Done Wheldon in Richmond--Dan Wheldon won the 2004 SunTrust Indy Challenge and has had two top-fives and three top-10s in three attempts at Richmond.

-cgr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Darren Manning , Helio Castroneves , Scott Dixon , Dan Wheldon , Ryan Briscoe , Chip Ganassi , Sam Hornish Jr.
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing