Target Toyotas Tough Out Texas Dallas/ Ft. Worth, Texas- Saturday, May 11, 2005-- As twilight fell and the lights at Texas Motor Speedway shone down on the start of the Bombardier LearJet 500 Saturday night race, Target drivers Scott ...
Target Toyotas Tough Out Texas
Dallas/ Ft. Worth, Texas- Saturday, May 11, 2005-- As twilight fell and the lights at Texas Motor Speedway shone down on the start of the Bombardier LearJet 500 Saturday night race, Target drivers Scott Dixon, Darren Manning and Ryan Briscoe quickly went to work on trying to improve on their starting positions (respectively 15th, 9th and 12th place on the grid).
Scott Dixon moved his no.9 Target Toyota up quickly, making his way into the top ten, racing with the leaders and remaining with the lead pack for three quarters of the race to finish on the lead lap.
It wasn't too bad a race for us actually as the Target Toyota Panoz was very decent all race long and we were able to race with the leaders and put in some really good runs,"said Dixon who finished in 11th spot. "It was loose at first but we put in a bit of front wing and it settled down. It was another good Texas race under the lights and while we had hoped to be a bit stronger, we'll take the result and build on it."
Rookie Ryan Biscoe's initiation to the highbanked 1.5 mile Texas oval and racing under the lights could certainly be deemed positive as he maintained his position on the lead lap to take the checkered flag.
"This is an unreal track and racing under the lights and in front of a great crowd was really something." said Briscoe who posted a respectable 12th place finish. "It was definitely a tough race with not much time to take a breather. The car was loose in traffic at first but we made changes in the first stop and the Target Toyota Panoz was much stronger but by then we had lost the lead pack and it was very difficult to make it up.. The Target crew did a great job on the stops and I feel like I've gained a lot of valuable experience today so I feel pretty positive about tonight's result as a whole."
Darren Manning's Texas trial was a bit more difficult as he was never quite able to play catch up with the main pack and despite maintaining good speed on his final stints eventually fell a lap short for a 17th place finish.
Pole sitter Tomas Scheckter ended his victory drought that stretched back to 2002 by beating Sam Hornish Jr. to the finish line by 0.0534 of a second -- the 10th-closest finish in IndyCar Series history -- to claim his second IndyCar Series victory. Tony Kanaan was the third place finisher.
The Target team now gets set for a one day test at Watkins Glen, NY this week before preparing to head to Richmond, Virgina for another night race, the SunTrust Indy Challenge at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday, June 25th (7:30 pm EDT on ESPN2)
Throughout the 2005 season, fans are invited to follow the team's progress by logging onto their official website at targetracing.com for news, features, photos and much more.