IRL: Texas II: Chip Ganassi Racing preview

Dixon - No Stranger To Championships 1993 -- New Zealand Formula Vee -- Youngest driver to win a national championship. 1995 -- New Zealand Formula Ford -- Won 13 of 14 races. 1996 -- New Zealand Formula Ford. -- Won 8 of 15 races 1997 --...

Dixon - No Stranger To Championships

1993 -- New Zealand Formula Vee -- Youngest driver to win a national championship.

1995 -- New Zealand Formula Ford -- Won 13 of 14 races.

1996 -- New Zealand Formula Ford. -- Won 8 of 15 races

1997 -- Formula Holden - Rookie of the year.

1998 -- Formula Holden -- Won Championship w/5 wins, 7 poles, 5- 2nd place finishes.

1999 -- Finished 2nd , NZGP championship, 2nd in Rookie of the year, Indy Lights.

2000 -- Indy Lights -- Champion- won 6 of 12 races.

2001 -- CART -- Rookie of the year.

2003 -- Won in his debut in the IRL (Homestead) -- 5 poles, 3 wins, most laps led and tied for championship lead with 1 race remaining.

Series Leader

Scott Dixon leads the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series in laps led with 691. He also leads the series with pole wins (5) and wins (3). A pole win in Texas will tie him for the all-time season pole win record. In June, Dixon qualified second to his teammate, Tomas Scheckter. Dixon has led a lap in 13 of the 15 races so far this year.

He leads the league in the following statistical categories:

Wins -- 3

Poles -- 5

Laps Led -- 691

Races Led -- 13

Consecutive Laps Led -- 343 (All-time series record)

Consecutive Top-5 starts -- 9

Consecutive Top-10 starts -- 13

Average Qualifying Position -- 3.2

Average Finish Position -- (When Running) -- 2.8

Races Led -- 13 (All-time series record)

By The Numbers

When Dixon is running at the end of the race, his average finish is 2.8. In the 10 races that he has been running at the finish, he has scored 3 wins, 4 seconds, a fifth and 2 sixth place finishes.

Fast Starters

Scott Dixon has qualified in the top-6 in 14 straight races. Included in that streak are 5 poles and 2 second place starts. His qualifying average over the last 14 races is a stellar 2.7.

Dixon has started on the front row in 8 of the last 13 races.

Leading The Way

Team Target cars stand 1-2 on the season in laps led. The season, Dixon leads the series in laps led with 691. Teammate Tomas Scheckter has led 491 laps, good enough for second place in that category. For the year, the team has led 1,182 laps. That is 39% of all the laps run. The team has led a lap in 14 of the 15 races this year.

Pole Winners

Scott Dixon has won 5 poles in the 15 IRL races this year, 1 shy of the all-time record held by Billy Boat. Both Dixon and Scheckter rank in the top-5 for pole wins in IRL history. The team is also after their 8th pole of the season this weekend. Scott Dixon won the pole in Japan, Richmond, Kansas, Nashville and Nazareth while Tomas Scheckter grabbed the top spot in Texas and Michigan.

Target House Donations Adding Up

So far this season the team has donated $52,575 to Target House and St. Jude's Children's Hospital. Since 1997 the team has donated $5,000 for each win, $1,000 for each pole and $25 for each lap led to the charity. Target House serves as a home away from home for the families of children admitted to St. Jude Children's Hospital.

Quotes

Scott Dixon -- No. 9 Target Toyota

"We've put ourselves in a position to win this thing, now we just have to go out and do it. Team Target has been working day and night to give us the best chance to win the race and the championship. Anything can happen down there, but I feel that we're in a very good position to win the championship. Obviously, it's good to be tied for the lead, but we have a lot of competition from Helio (Castroneves), Tony (Kanaan), Sam (Hornish) and Gil (de Ferran). It all comes down to the last race. If we can win there, we'll win the championship. And that's what our focus is right now, it has to be. I've been in this position before back in Indy Lights when Townsend Bell and I were in the points battle going into the last race. Luckily, I was able to win the race and win the title. There's a lot more at stake now, but the mindset is the same. You have to win the race to give yourself a shot at it."

Tomas Scheckter -- No. 10 Target Toyota

"I'm looking forward to going back to Texas. We definitely have some unfinished business down there. Back in June, we led 145 of the first 149 laps and surely had the car to beat. Unfortunately, something broke on the car and that ended our night. We had a great test down there last month with Team Target and we should be strong there again. I really like racing down there. It's a great track and we always have good races for the fans."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Billy Boat , Scott Dixon , Townsend Bell , Chip Ganassi
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing