IRL: Scott Dixon Homestead test report

Target Right (and Left) On Track for 2005 Homestead, FL- September 23rd , 2004-- Target Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon wrapped up two days of testing in the no.1 Toyota/ Panoz G Force at the 2.21 mile road track at Homestead-Miami Speedway in...

Target Right (and Left) On Track for 2005

Homestead, FL- September 23rd , 2004-- Target Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon wrapped up two days of testing in the no.1 Toyota/ Panoz G Force at the 2.21 mile road track at Homestead-Miami Speedway in anticipation for the Indy Racing League's three road course races on the 2005 IndyCar series schedule.

Five teams including the Target team, representing the various engine-chassis combination packages available in the series, took part in the test to help IRL officials determine the different elements that will be needed for a road-course racing package. Among the items the teams tested were the cooling system, brakes, and transmissions.

"It's good to be out running a road course, but we had a lot of rain on the first day and didn't run very long. However by the end of the second day I'd say we made a lot of gains," said Dixon who comes from a road racing background. "I think the Target team's vast experience and success on road circuits is a huge benefit because we already knew what direction to take and how to prepare for such a test. To be honest, we were expecting to encounter some small problems but that really wasn't the case at all. We know which areas need improvements and where to go in the future, but it was good to give the team a baseline. They did a pretty terrific job to have no problems right off the bat. We'll just go back and look at all our data and see where we need to improve."

Target Chip Ganassi Racing will return to race action next weekend at the 2 mile D-shaped super speedway in Fontana, California for the Toyota Indy 400, the fifteenth race of the 16-race IndyCar season. Target fans can tune in to watch the California race on ESPN at 3:00 pm (EDT) Sunday, October 3rd 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.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Scott Dixon , Chip Ganassi
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing