IRL: Richmond: Chip Ganassi Racing preview

Live from Richmond... It's Saturday Night!--For the seventh race of the 2005 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 2005 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 25. The race on the small D-shaped asphalt oval presents quite a change of pace following three races on the super speedways at Motegi, Indy and Texas.

Many drivers feel 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.

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.

Listen to the Man -- ""It's always fun to come back here," says Scott Dixon about returning to RIR where he won the twilight race in 2003 on route to being crowned the IndyCar Series 2003 champion. "It's so different from any other track that we come to. You always have to hustle the car, and I think the race is pretty action-packed under the lights. It's a lot like a road course because it is so technical. There's a lot going on around you especially in those first few laps and you feel like you never stop turning. We're getting around the track in just 16 seconds and you can definitely be flat all the way. It's definitely one of the most demanding tracks of the season on the drivers."

Did You Know That...? -- This will be Ryan Briscoe's first race on the three quarter mile oval at Richmond. The IndyCar rookie did get to know the track a bit at a Toyota engine manufacturer's test last Friday, June 17th, running close to 300 laps.

Where the Rubber Meets the Road--According to Firestone's race tire development team, Richmond International Raceway requires a Firehawk tire designed for maximum grip due to the fact that the cars are constantly turning. The tire used at Richmond is similar to the compounds used at the 1-mile ovals at Milwaukee and Pikes Peak.

Watch it LIVE--Target fans can tune in to watch the SunTrust Indy Challenge on ESPN2 Live at 7:30 pm (EDT) on Saturday, June 25th.

Listen Up--Target fans can also listen in to the IndyCar broadcast live by IMS radio Network at 7:00 pm (EDT). The IMS Radio broadcast will also be available on XM satellite Radio Channel 152 "Extreme" and webcast on Indycar.com.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Darren Manning , Scott Dixon , Ryan Briscoe , Chip Ganassi
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing