Target Team Looking to Get Richmond Quick Richmond, Virginia, June 24rd , 2004-- Target Chip Ganassi Racing is looking forward to a quick change of pace this race weekend at the small D-shaped asphalt oval of Richmond International Raceway ...
Target Team Looking to Get Richmond Quick
Richmond, Virginia, June 24rd , 2004-- Target Chip Ganassi Racing is looking forward to a quick change of pace this race weekend at the small D-shaped asphalt oval of Richmond International Raceway for Saturday's SunTrust Indy Challenge twilight race. At three quarters of a mile, Richmond is the shortest oval on the IRL schedule and helps shake things up a bit following three races on the super speedways of Motegi, Japan (1.5 mile), the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway.
While the Target Chip Ganassi Racing is still very much in the hunt for the IndyCar championship with their drivers Darren Manning in fifth spot and Scott Dixon in sixth, the team excels on the shorter ovals and is looking to make it's mark starting in Richmond where they have had success.
Dixon had his third win of the 2003 season at this track and he did it in fine form with a perfect weekend, winning the pole, and leading every lap of the rain shortened race (206 of scheduled 250 laps) to take the checkered flag.
"I'm looking forward to going back to Richmond," said Dixon defending race winner. "These shorter tracks are going to be a good chance for us to win, and hopefully we can make the most of the race, as we did last year. It's exciting to go back there, especially since we were so dominant there last year. We'll see how we fare. Toyota had a good test there with all of us guys and we should be right on top of it."
While it will be Darren Manning's first race at the tricky Richmond International Raceway, he did get some time to learn the track at a recent engine test.
"We tested there for a Toyota test for a couple days and put in like 350 laps around the track," said Manning. "It's been resurfaced, and with the banking on that little track, it makes it something really individual. It's unlike any other short track that I've done. If you have a little bit of a problem there, you can go backwards very quickly, but if you have a good car, you can go forward. It should be really exciting."
Target Chip Ganassi Racing fans can watch the sixth race in 16-race 2004 season, the 250 lap SunTrust Indy Challenge at Richmond International Raceway, LIVE on ESPN2 at 7:30 pm (EDT) this Saturday, June 26th or they can listen in on the IMS Radio Network. Throughout the 2004 season, fans are invited to follow the team's progress by logging onto their official website at target.com/racing for news, features, photos and much more.