IRL: Texas II: Chip Ganassi Racing Friday report


#1 Scott Dixon- Toyota / Panoz G-Force /Firestone

On Qualifying:

"I came out of the pits and immediately I knew the no.1 Toyota G Force wasn't quite the way we needed it to be so I came right back in and the Target rew made the adjustments we needed. It was pretty loose out there but I was hoping to get a little more out of it. Toyota has made some very good gains recently so I feel fairly good about our ability to fight for the win this weekend. A win here would definitely go a long way to helping us feel better about a pretty tough year and set the tone for this winter's preparations for next season. I expect it to be a wild race. With nothing at stake for anyone, it will be a true battle for the checkered and a cool set of Texas boots. It should be fun."

#10 Darren Manning- Toyota / Panoz G-Force /Firestone

On not racing this weekend at Texas:

"It is a shame to end the season in this manner. I feel really good but I will certainly abide by the doctor's recommendations. I have learned and gained a vast amount of experience from the Target team and we improved steadily throughout the year. I feel badly for my crew who worked so hard this year and we all would have liked to have had a chance to end the season on a better note. It's a bit of a let down but at the same time I know that I have a lot to look forward to as the Target team prepares for the 2005 IndyCar Series season."

* Darren Manning Medical Update-- Darren Manning, driver of the no.10 Target Toyota Panoz G Force, will not compete in this weekend's race. Manning underwent a follow up medical examination of his back with Dr. Terry Trammell on Monday, October 11th, for an injury sustained at the California Speedway on Saturday, October 2nd. The injury, a minor compression fracture of the sixth and seventh thorasic vertebrae, was sustained during his qualifying attempt for the Toyota Indy 400 Fontana race. The incident occurred between turn 1 and 2, and Manning was sidelined for the race with a slight concussion and a severe contusion in the middle of his back. It is Dr. Trammell's medical assessment that while the injury is not considered serious and is healing quickly, his recommendation is, that in order to guarantee a fast and complete recovery, Manning must avoid any chance of a high speed rear impact for a period of two more weeks. The no.10 Target Toyota has been withdrawn from competition and will not run in this weekend's Chevy 500K Indy at TMS.

* New Duties for Manning--Darren Manning will have important duties to perform during the Chevy 500K race as he has been invited to participate in the LIVE ABC telecast from Texas Motor Speedway with hosts Paul Page, Scott Goodyear and Jack Arute. The Target Chip Ganassi Driver expects to add some his personal insight and commentary from the Target pits of Scott Dixon and the no.1 Toyota G Force during the race.

* In the Driver's Pocket-- Scott Dixon will be carrying a little extra metal with him on board the no.01 Target car this weekend as part of a fundraiser for the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation. Dixon will be one of several IndyCar drivers that will be carrying an American Eagle silver dollar in the pocket of their racing suits during this weekend's race at TMS, then donate the coins to the SSPF after the race. Eventually these "raced" coins will be melted and used to make a thin silver veneer on die cast cars with profits from sales going to the the SSPF. Each coin weighs one ounce or 31 grams and is 40.6 mm in diameter. (1 1/2 inches)

* Looking Ahead to 2005- Both Scott Dixon and Darren Manning will be returning for the IRL IndyCar series 2005 season with Target Chip Ganassi Racing. The team recently announced that it has exercised its option to extend Darren Manning's driver agreement into the future. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Scott Dixon signed a contact extension with the team this past May, just prior to the Indianapolis 500.

* Catch It LIVE-- Target fans can tune in to watch the Chevy 500 K race on ABC at 12:30 pm (EDT) Sunday, October 17th or they can listen in on the IMS Radio Network.


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Series IndyCar
Drivers Darren Manning , Scott Goodyear , Scott Dixon , Sam Schmidt , Chip Ganassi
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing , Chip Ganassi Racing