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Scott Dixon Places Third at Twin Ring Motegi's "Honda 300"

Scott Dixon Places Third at Twin Ring Motegi's "Honda 300"

Motegi, Japan

The typical Indycar team owner, as a rule, is generally cool, calm, collected and quick to anger, at least publicly. But when it comes to the Target/Chip Ganassi team, well, that's the exception which proves the rule. Ganassi tried open-wheel motor racing himself, but had little success in it. He did, however, see the business potential of owning a successful race team, and he's been able to do just that in NASCAR, CART, Champ Car and the Indy Racing League ... With those three latter series now all combined together (once again) into something called "Indycar". Ganassi, who inherited a fortune from his father's trucking business, has turned most everything he's touched, at least racing-wise, into gold. But if you're looking for a calm demeanor, a guy who can "hold it all in", then Ganassi's definitely not your man. But if you're need is for someone unashamed to rant and rave publicly, if that's what it takes to create a winner, then you'll love him. And the single-best way to determine if Ganassi's "way" works? That a company as large and, almost by definition, as conservative as Target, sticks with Ganassi through thick and thin, through the wins and the losses. Just a few weeks before the Honda 300 in Japan, Ganassi publicly criticized his NASCAR team, going so far as to call everyone on the teams, the drivers, the crews, the crew chiefs and more, "pathetic". His drivers are making millions of dollars a year, so publicly calling these athletic thoroughbreds, these primma donna race car drivers "pathetic" is something most might think a negative. Time will tell with his NASCAR staffs, but as far as Indycar goes, Target/Chip Ganassi racing recorded a third (Dixon, pictured) and fourth place (teammate Dan Wheldon) finish at Motegi's Honda 300. Not too bad at all, but, knowing Ganassi, not good enough, either.

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