Kentucky: Chip Ganassi Racing preview

Quite a Season: Chip Ganassi Racing, Inc. has scored 13 wins in 2008, which ties the team's record for wins in a season (2007). The team still has additional opportunities to score wins in four IndyCar, four Grand-Am and several remaining NASCAR...

Quite a Season: Chip Ganassi Racing, Inc. has scored 13 wins in 2008, which ties the team's record for wins in a season (2007). The team still has additional opportunities to score wins in four IndyCar, four Grand-Am and several remaining NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series events.

By the Numbers: During the last six-week stretch, the No.9 and No.10 TCGR IndyCars tallied a cumulative three wins and five podium finishes in the six total races.

Scott Dixon and the No. 9 Target Honda Team

Tied with Zanardi: With Dixon's win in Edmonton two weeks ago the New Zealand native tied TCGR legend Alex Zanardi as the winningest IndyCar driver in the team's history with 15 career visits to victory circle.

Visiting the In-Laws: Dixon spent the first weekend off in six weeks by visiting his in-laws with wife Emma in England. He returned Monday night and immediately left for Sonoma for an IndyCar Series media advance. He took the red-eye flight home to Indy where he turned around and took his personal plane to Evansville, IN for a Firestone Store appearance.

What a Stretch: Of the five drivers to win in the six-consecutive races from June 22 at Iowa to July 26 at Edmonton, Dixon outscored every driver in his quest for a second IndyCar Series championship. Dixon scored 221 points in the six race stretch, whereas runner-up Helio Castroneves tallied 191 points in the same time.

Laps Led: The Kiwi needs to lead two more laps to become the fifth driver in IndyCar Series history to lead 2,000 laps in his career. He would join fellow competitors Sam Hornish Jr., Helio Castroneves, Tony Kanaan and TCGR teammate Dan Wheldon in this feat.

DIRECTV HD Crystal Clear: Dixon's outstanding driving performance in Edmonton garnered him with the DIRECTV HD Crystal Clear Moment of the Race award which will be awarded during pre-race festivities on Saturday in Kentucky.

Power Up: Dixon was ranked in 3rd place in the most recent National Speed Sport News Power Rankings which came out July 30th. Dixon's lightning fast pit stop in Edmonton and his five wins in the 2008 season have ratcheted his position as the top driver-to-beat in motorsports.

Pole Prospects: Dixon needs to win one more pole starting position to tie Greg Ray for the second all-time leading pole setter with 13 top starting spots on the grid.

Largest Lead: Dixon enters Saturday's race with a 65-point lead in the championship race -- the largest margin that he's had all season (63 after Nashville).

Dan Wheldon and the No. 10 Polaroid Honda Team

Putting on the Polaroid: Wheldon will return to the special Polaroid paint scheme for this weekend's race. He and the No.10 TCGR team will trade their traditional red Target paint scheme for a black Polaroid car complemented with black Polaroid firesuits with red, orange, green and purple detailing. The Brit debuted the car at Texas Motor Speedway in June, but was forced to retire the car before the June 7th race after a crash in practice sent him upside down on the TMS front stretch.

Kentucky in Pictures: Wheldon and wife Susie will document their Kentucky weekend in pictures with their new Polaroid camera and printer. Stay tuned for the Wheldon's Polaroid photo diary which will be featured next week exclusively on www.IndyCar.com.

Brand New Ride: Wheldon will debut TCGR's IR8-11 chassis this weekend. The car is new to the team and will make its first laps in Saturday's race.

Breaking through Kentucky: Wheldon posted a career-high third place finish in 2004 and 2005 at Kentucky and aims on breaking TCGR's winless history at the track. Of the 17-race IndyCar Series schedule, the Indianapolis-based team has not won at Kentucky or Belle Isle. At a July 31 test at the track, Wheldon stated, "these last four races - I REALLY want to win."

CHASSIS INFO

No. 9 Target Honda: IR6-3; Chassis won last race in inaugural IndyCar event in Edmonton.

No.10 Polaroid Honda: IR8-11; New chassis, no previous race starts.

-credit: cgr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Greg Ray , Helio Castroneves , Scott Dixon , Alex Zanardi , Dan Wheldon , Chip Ganassi , Sam Hornish Jr.
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing