Regroup and Refocus: TCGR Team Manager Barry Wanser shared his insight as the Target team handles a short turn-around from the Indianapolis 500 to the Milwaukee Mile. "Fortunately this year we had a few days to enjoy our win at the Indy 500, so...
Regroup and Refocus: TCGR Team Manager Barry Wanser shared his insight as the Target team handles a short turn-around from the Indianapolis 500 to the Milwaukee Mile. "Fortunately this year we had a few days to enjoy our win at the Indy 500, so the guys had a few days off to celebrate that accomplishment. But it's definitely a switch in mentality going from a month-long event like Indy to a two-day race in Milwaukee. At this time it becomes the responsibility of the team leaders to help the group focus on the next task at hand. I think everyone in the shop knows we are on a tight schedule and they go about their work in a very goal-oriented manner. As far as other times in my life where your focus changes so quickly -- I'd definitely say the birth of my first son was a rapid change of focus! The entire Ganassi organization is focused on Milwaukee as we've won and struggled there in the past. This is the year to win in Wisconsin again. I'll also have to stop by my favorite Italian restaurant, Mama Mia's while we're in town this weekend!"
95 and Counting: Dixon's win at the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday marked Chip Ganassi Racing Team, Inc's (CGR) 95th career win. In its first 10 races, the Indianapolis-based team has recorded six victories across the IndyCar and Rolex Sports Car Series.
Scott Dixon and the No. 9 Target Honda Team
After the Milk: TCGR's team website, www.chipganassiracing.com has a special section titled "After the Milk..." that celebrates Dixon's victory at The Greatest Spectacle in Racing. Fans are able to post congratulatory notes to Dixon, track his destinations on the Winner's Media Tour and view behind-the-scenes photos of his off-track adventures.
What a Week: This week has undoubtedly been the most media-focused time in Dixon's racing career. His travels began on Tuesday morning as he boarded a private jet to New York City to a toast with "NYC Kiwis" and interviews with Bloomberg TV, ESPN The Magazine and CNN. Before Wednesday morning's interview on Live! with Regis and Kelly, Dixon picked up the New York Post to read two features titled "Dixon Basks in Indy Win" and "Indy-Kiwi King." Wednesday afternoon saw Dixon fly to Texas Motor Speedway for a media luncheon and back to Indianapolis in the evening (just enough time for a load of laundry). On Thursday morning he flew to Chicago for media commitments at the ESPN Zone and met with Chicago news outlets before traveling back to Indianapolis to hop in his plane to Milwaukee for Friday's 2 PM Winner's Tour Press Conference.
He's Efficient: In the midst of Dixon's whirlwind Indianapolis 500 media tour he has managed to return nearly every one of 300-plus congratulatory emails and text messages sent over the last six days. Proving the organized and efficient Kiwi is fast off the track as well, he's reduced his inbox tally down to just 10 emails heading into Milwaukee.
Funny Bone: Dixon will visit New York City for the third time in 15 days for his Monday June 2 appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman.
Back to the Top: Dixon's win at the Indianapolis 500 catapulted him back to first place in the point standings after three consecutive races in the runner-up position in points (St. Petersburg, Motegi, Kansas). He led the points after his first win and race of the season at Homestead-Miami by a margin of seven marks over Marco Andretti, and enters Sunday's race with his largest point margin (15) over Helio Castroneves.
Indy & Milwaukee Wins: 13 Indianapolis 500 winners have gone on to win an open-wheel race at the Milwaukee Mile (MM) in the same year they crossed the yard of bricks at IMS, marking a 20% winning percentage (in 66 years at MM). Dixon could become the 14th Indy-500 victor to accomplish this feat (2000-TCGR teammate, Montoya; 1994-Unser Jr.; 1988-Mears; 1983-Sneva; 1982-Johncock; 1980,1974-Rutherford; 1971,1970-Al Unser; 1962,1959-Ward; 1956-Flaherty).
Dan Wheldon and the No. 10 Target Honda Team
Fresh Paint: Wheldon's Indy 500 car will take the weekend off to get a new Polaroid paint scheme for next weekend's Texas night race. The car will be in a black trim -- quite fitting for a race under the lights.
Break the Streak: A win at the MM would mark Wheldon's first career victory at the track, and would also break TCGR's seven-year winless streak in Milwaukee. Previous TCGR victories were in 2000 with Juan Pablo Montoya and 1998 with Jimmy Vasser. Wheldon broke a nearly 12-month winless streak from April 2007 to 2008 in Kansas with the same chassis (IR6-005) that he'll run this weekend.
No. 9 Target Honda: IR6-004; Dixon won last weekend's Indy 500 along with Nashville and Sonoma wins in 2007 with this chassis.
No.10 Target Honda: IR6-005; Wheldon won last season's Kansas race with this car.