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A race to the finish for Dixon at Infineon

 

Scott Dixon driving the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing car returns to Infineon Raceway with the Honda powered Panoz chassis to take on the 2.26 mile permanent road course in Sonoma, CA for an 80 lap (180.8 mile) contest.

Scott Dixon driving the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing car returns to Infineon Raceway with the Honda powered Panoz chassis to take on the 2.26 mile permanent road course in Sonoma, CA for an 80 lap (180.8 mile) contest.

This will be the 13th of 14 races on the 2006 IndyCar schedule.

With only two remaining races in the 2006 season with the road course at Infineon in California and the finale at the Chicagoland oval, and it will be a battle to the finish. With a win in the last race at Kentucky, Sam Hornish regained the points lead with 418 points, seven points ahead of Helio Castroneves (411 points). Target's Dan Wheldon (394 points) remained in third spot and is within 24 points of the leader. Target teammate Scott Dixon (385 points) is still in the hunt with his second place finish at Kentucky and is still within striking distance with a deficit of 33 points from the top spot in the Championship standings.

"I think for us this is probably a good spot where we can close up on Sam, who's been struggling a little on these road courses. I think we have to go into these last two races, and basically try to win at any cost, I think, to close that gap. Thirty-three points for me is quite big. Twenty-four for Dan is also big. It could be a good day for us to make a big gain on points. We've had a lot of luck on road courses with a second place finish in St.Pete and the two wins and Watkins Glen but it's always tough here, it's difficult to pass. Hopefully we'll qualify up front. Strategy-wise that will make it easier for us. It could be a good day for us to make a big gain on points," said Dixon.

Pat Caporali
Scott Dixon driving the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing car returns to Infineon Raceway with the Honda powered Panoz chassis to take on the 2.26 mile permanent road course in Sonoma, CA for an 80 lap (180.8 mile) contest.

This will be the 13th of 14 races on the 2006 IndyCar schedule.

With only two remaining races in the 2006 season with the road course at Infineon in California and the finale at the Chicagoland oval, and it will be a battle to the finish. With a win in the last race at Kentucky, Sam Hornish regained the points lead with 418 points, seven points ahead of Helio Castroneves (411 points). Target's Dan Wheldon (394 points) remained in third spot and is within 24 points of the leader. Target teammate Scott Dixon (385 points) is still in the hunt with his second place finish at Kentucky and is still within striking distance with a deficit of 33 points from the top spot in the Championship standings.

"I think for us this is probably a good spot where we can close up on Sam, who's been struggling a little on these road courses. I think we have to go into these last two races, and basically try to win at any cost, I think, to close that gap. Thirty-three points for me is quite big. Twenty-four for Dan is also big. It could be a good day for us to make a big gain on points. We've had a lot of luck on road courses with a second place finish in St.Pete and the two wins and Watkins Glen but it's always tough here, it's difficult to pass. Hopefully we'll qualify up front. Strategy-wise that will make it easier for us. It could be a good day for us to make a big gain on points," said Dixon.

Pat Caporali

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