Target Chip Ganassi IRL team tests at LVMS;

Teammates Scott Dixon, Tomas Scheckter preparing for Motegi


            Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammates Tomas Scheckter and Scott Dixon spent the morning and afternoon today testing their Toyota-powered Indy Racing League (IRL) cars at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.  The team is preparing for the next race on the IRL schedule, the Indy Japan 300 on April 13 at Twin Ring Motegi in Japan.

            Dixon currently is third in IRL points after winning the season-opening Toyota Indy 300 in Miami.  Scheckter is the son of 1979 World Driving Champion (Formula One) Jody Scheckter.

             As a squad of engineers and crewmembers pored over laptops in the bright Nevada sun, the drivers took time to share their thoughts.

            "Pretty good so far," said Dixon.  "We just did a lot of 'aero' stuff, nothing specific for the circuit.  A lot of stuff based on going to Motegi.  This gives us a lot of good numbers.

            "My season's going pretty good so far.  I had a good start in Homestead.  In Phoenix, I think we could have won that as well, but we had mechanical failures (after leading the race).  So far, I think it's a great start.  We had a pretty bad winter with getting a new car and a lot of work we had to do, off-time and away.  It's good to keep the guys going and a win helps."

            "I think our testing is going fine," Scheckter said.  "It's just a lot of aerodynamic stuff.  A lot of engineer stuff.  I did my rookie test here.  You find similarities between here and other tracks.  I think any information you can learn from any track can help you in the future.

"My season is going good.  We haven't had the finishes like we wanted to have.  Certainly we're finding a direction that I like with the car.  Hopefully, in the next couple of races -- especially Indy -- will be good for us."