F1, Formula 1, NASCAR, IndyCar, MotoGP, ALMS, And More!
z


Aug 22, 2014 - 06:17 AM
Top News!
Rumors Edition!
Upcoming Racing! (Updated)



Top Stories
· 2014 Belgium GP (Spa): Formula One F1 Practice One Results - Rosberg, Mercedes Fastest! (Aug 22, 2014)
· 2014 Bristol: NASCAR Truck Race Results - Keselowski, Ford Win! (Aug 21, 2014)
· 2014 Milwaukee: IndyCar Race Results - Power, Chevrolet Win! (Aug 17, 2014)
· 2014 Michigan II: NASCAR Sprint Cup Race Results - Gordon, Chevrolet Win! (Aug 17, 2014)
· 2014 Czech Republic GP: MotoGP Race Results - Pedrosa victory ends Marquez winning streak (Aug 17, 2014)

Previous Top Stories!


Hot Rumors!
· F1: Rumours tip Lotterer for Caterham race debut ? (Aug 19, 2014)
· F1: Toro Rosso next team set for 'nose news' ? (Aug 19, 2014)
· F1: Gutierrez in talks with 'other teams' for 2015 ? (Aug 18, 2014)
· F1: Verstappen To Get 2015 Toro Rosso seat ? (Aug 14, 2014)
· F1: Nasr to Sauber seat 'possible' for 2015 ? (Aug 14, 2014)
More Rumors!


2014 Sonoma: Target Ganassi IndyCar Race Preview
Posted by: newsla on Aug 22, 2014 - 06:14 AM
IndyCar Weekend Team Reports
2014 Sonoma: Target Ganassi IndyCar Race Preview


BET YOU DIDN’T KNOW THAT

Championship Pedigree: Chip Ganassi was honored this month by the International Motor Racing Research Center (IMRRC) for outstanding contributions to motorsports by receiving the inaugural Cameron R. Argetsinger Award. The award is named after the “Father of American Road Racing”, a visionary who, in 1948, conceived, organized and drove in the first post-war road race in America through the roads of Watkins Glen. "Chip Ganassi is a titan in the racing community. His leadership and business acumen have grown Chip Ganassi Racing from a one-car team to a powerhouse in the industry," said International Speedway Cooperation President John Saunders. "Owning multiple teams across different racing series is no small task, yet he continues to find success at the upper echelons of professional motorsports.” NASCAR President Mike Helton added, "Chip is an outstanding competitor, savvy team owner and is passionate about his work. The France Family and all of NASCAR congratulate Chip on being the first recipient of the Cameron R. Argetsinger Award for outstanding contributions to motorsports."

 

Bookmark and Share
Sonoma Success: Target Chip Ganassi Racing (TCGR) has two wins at Sonoma Raceway (Dixon, 2007; Franchitti, 2009).

TCGR Drivers at Sonoma: In Dixon and Kanaan’s combined 18 career starts at Sonoma, they have a total of two wins (Kanaan, 2005; Dixon, 2007), four podiums, seven top-fives and 11 top-10s. Dixon and Kanaan have completed 1391 of 1430 (97.3%) laps of competition and have led a combined 124 laps. Dixon and Kanaan are also two of only three drivers to have competed in every Verizon IndyCar Series event at Sonoma Raceway.

Team Target Tie: Following their top-five finishes at Milwaukee last week, TCGR teammates Dixon and Kanaan remain tied for ninth place overall and second place among active drivers on the all-time Indy car top-five list with 117.

Reliable Racing: Up to this point in the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series season, TCGR has completed 3903 out of a possible 4120 laps, or 94.7 percent.

Listen to The Legend: After retiring from his racing career at the end of 2013, former TCGR driver Dario Franchitti returned to Team Target in 2014 as a driving advisor for Chip Ganassi Racing Teams. Franchitti has also received many honors in 2014. The four-time Verizon IndyCar Series Champion and three-time Indianapolis 500 Winner from Scotland was among sports figures to be honored in Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday list in early June, being made a Member of the Order of the British Empire for services to motor racing. Earlier this year, Franchitti also received the honor of being named the pace car driver for the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500, where he led the field around during the opening laps in a 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28. In his new role with Team Target, Franchitti has been assisting the team as it adapts to recent lineup changes and additions and will continue to provide support throughout the remainder of the year.

100+ Wins and Counting…: The Target Racing Program, which began with Target and Chip Ganassi Racing in 1990, will be contending for their 106th win as the season progresses. The first win for the program came in 1994 with Michael’s Andretti’s Indy car victory at Surfers Paradise, Australia, when the team was a two-car, Indy car program. 105 wins later, the program’s umbrella not only includes involvement in the Verizon IndyCar Series, but in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. The partnership between Target and Chip Ganassi Racing is one of the longest consecutive team partnerships in motor racing history.

#TEAMGANASSI

Follow Team Target on Twitter: Continue to follow Target Chip Ganassi Racing through Chip Ganassi Racing’s official team Twitter page. Find in-race updates and weekly news on the No.9 and No.10 Target teams throughout the 2014 season by following ���œ@CGRTeams”.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW FOR SONOMA RACEWAY

Scott Dixon and No. 9 Target Team

Sonoma Consistency: Dixon is the only driver to have completed every lap of competition at Sonoma (715/715) and has led 84 laps at the track. He has also finished inside the top-10 in five out of his nine starts at Sonoma, including a victory in 2007.

On a Roll: Dixon has claimed six straight top-10’s this season and has finished inside the top-5 in five of the last six races, including a victory at Mid-Ohio earlier this month.

Moving On Up: With his victory at Mid-Ohio, Dixon tied Al Unser Jr. for sixth on the all-time wins list with 34. He also extended his streak of consecutive seasons with a win to 10, while his pole at Iowa earlier this year marked his eighth consecutive season with a pole. He has led at least one race for 12 consecutive seasons. Dixon has 172 consecutive starts, placing him in fourth on the all-time list and second among active drivers behind teammate Kanaan.

The Ice Man Returns: The three-time Verizon IndyCar Series Champion (2003, 2008, 2013) and 2008 Indianapolis 500 Winner returns in 2014 for his first season alongside 2004 Series Champion and 2013 Indianapolis 500 Winner Kanaan. Dixon, the active wins leader, is tied with Al Unser Jr. for sixth place on the all-time list (1909-Present) with 34 victories, ranking only behind A.J. Foyt, the Andretti’s (Mario and Michael) and the elder Unser’s (Al and Bobby). His next pole (22nd) will see him break a tie with Gil De Ferran for sole possession of 13th on the all-time list.

Go with What you Know: 2014 marks Dixon’s 13th year with Team Target – the longest tenure for a driver in team history (1990-Present).

Tony Kanaan and No. 10 Target Team

Strong at Sonoma: Kanaan has finished in the top-10 in six out of his nine starts at Sonoma Raceway, including a victory in 2005.

Road Course Reliability: In his 48 career road course starts, Kanaan has one win, six podiums, 13 top-five’s, and 29 top-10’s. He has completed 3413 out of 3704 (92%) laps of competition and has led 104 total laps.

Hot Streak: Kanaan has finished in the top-five in four of the last five Verizon IndyCar Series races.

Peculiar Pairing: The pairing of Dixon and Kanaan marks the first time the reigning Indianapolis 500 Winner and the reigning Verizon IndyCar Series Champion will be teammates since 2002, when Team Penske had 2001 Indianapolis 500 Winner Helio Castroneves and 2001 CART Champion Gil de Ferran. The pairing of the two titleholders has only happened five times in Indy car history (1972 – Al Unser, 1971 Indianapolis 500 Winner and Joe Leonard, 1971 USAC Champion for Vel’s Parnelli Racing; 1986 – Danny Sullivan, 1985 Indianapolis 500 Winner and Al Unser, 1985 CART Champion for Team Penske; and in 1989 – Rick Mears, 1988 Indianapolis 500 Winner and Danny Sullivan, 1988 CART Champion for Team Penske.

TK Joins The Team: 2004 Verizon IndyCar Series Champion and 2013 Indianapolis 500 Winner Kanaan joins TCGR in 2014 for his first season alongside three-time Champion and 2008 Indianapolis 500 Winner Dixon. Kanaan has 16 career wins and 15 poles entering the 2014 season, and will seek to add to his all-time record for consecutive IndyCar starts, which is currently at 231. Only four other active drivers (Dixon, Helio Castroneves, Marco Andretti, Ryan Hunter-Reay) possess a streak of more than 100 consecutive starts. Competing in every race will push his career starts total to 294 – which would be good enough for ninth on the all-time list. Kanaan has 116 career top-five finishes and is tied with teammate Dixon for ninth place overall and second place among active drivers on the all-time IndyCar top-five list. He is ranked fifth for the number of victories among active full-time drivers in the Verizon IndyCar Series.


PaddockTalk Perspective



Also in IndyCar Weekend Team Reports:



 
Related links
· IndyCar Edition
· Top PaddockTalk News!
· IndyCar Rumors
· More about IndyCar Weekend Team Reports


Most read story in IndyCar Weekend Team Reports:
2013 Fontana: Andretti Autosport Indy Lights Race Preview





Home :: _ 


All logos and trademarks in this site are property of their respective owner.
The comments are property of their posters, all the rest (c) 2003-2014 by PaddockTalk.com.
Contact E-mail: admin@paddocktalk.com
Privacy