News & Multimedia

Dixon Wins Tag Heuer Pit Stop Challenge

For the second time in three years, Target Chip Ganassi Racing and Scott Dixon have won the Tag Heuer Pit Stop Challenge, which determines the fastest pit crew in the Indianapolis 500.

Today’s contest at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway featured 12 teams in four rounds of action. Each team was timed while performing a pit stop that required crews to change four tires and execute a simulated fuel hookup during each round of competition. Teams went head-to-head with the faster time advancing to the next round. Crews had to be careful however, as penalty time was added for various infractions, such as loose wheel nuts or running over air hoses.

Dixon and the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi crew took first place and earned a $50,000 payday after defeating Indianapolis 500 rookie Sage Karam and his Dryer & Reinbold-Kingdom Racing crew by over half a second (Dixon’s crew recorded a time of 11.658 seconds; Karam’s registered a time of 12.163 seconds).

The No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing crew includes: Chief Mechanic and outside front tire, Blair Julian; inside front tire, Adam Rovazzini; outside rear tire, Greg Shuker; inside rear tire, Tyler Rees; airjack, Andy Schneider; and fueler, Todd DeNeve.

“Every week it’s pretty tight (between teams in the pits),” said Julian. “We’ve been fortunate enough to do a good job here on pit lane – today and in the races. It’s working out pretty good. There is not a huge amount of (pit stop) practice throughout the season; it’s mainly on race weekends. We try and get a few pit stops in during the practice sessions, unless we have a big problem, and everything has been going pretty good this year.”

“It’s actually one of my most stressful days apart from Race Day because you don’t want to mess it up,” Dixon said. “I’ve been very lucky and blessed to have such a great team for many years and to win the pit stop competition two times within three years is pretty tough to do. Without them, I wouldn’t have had the success I have had. They are one of the best teams on pit road. It’s definitely going to help me a lot come Race Day this weekend.”

Today also marked the second time Dixon and the No. 9 crew have ever won the Tag Heuer Pit Stop Competition, as they earned the top spot in 2012 after defeating Oriol Servia and Panther/Dreyer & Reinbold Racing.

The 98th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race is scheduled for noon ET on Sunday, May 25.


***


2014 ticket information: Ticket information is available for the remaining three events in 2014 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway – the Indianapolis 500, Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard and Red Bull Indianapolis GP.

Fans can order tickets at www.ims.com/tickets, by calling 800-822-INDY or 317-492-6700 between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday or by visiting the Ticket Office at the IMS Administration Building at the corner of Georgetown Road and 16th Street between 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday.

Tickets for groups of 20 or more also are available. Contact the IMS Group Sales Department at (866) 221-8775 for more information.
 

Show More Show Less
Now Viewing
Dixon Wins Tag Heuer Pit Stop Challenge
 
Dixon Wins Tag Heuer Pit Stop Challenge
Dixon and the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi crew took first place and earned a $50,000 payday after defeating Indianapolis 500 rookie Sage Karam and his Dryer & Reinbold-Kingdom Racing crew by over half a second (Dixon’s crew recorded a time of 11.658 seconds; Karam’s registered a time of 12.163 seconds).
Read More
Related Media
Will Power
 
Power Focused on Capturing Elusive Indianapolis 500 Win
The Team Penske driver pauses after the topic is broached. Yeah, he’s accomplished so much in the Verizon IndyCar Series, yet the Indianapolis 500 has proven to be elusive.
Read More
Al Unser and Scott Goodyear
 
Relive Indianapolis 500's Most Unforgettable Finish
On the cusp of the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil, 93.1 WIBC and 107.5FM/1070 The Fan announced Tales from the Track presented by Relay Indiana. The celebratory event will take place from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 23 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) Museum. Not only will guests watch the closest finish in “500” history, but they’ll hear a live account of what happened from Indy 500 champion Al Unser Jr. and runner-up Scott Goodyear.
Read More
Fans
 
HandleBar Hot Lap Revs Up Businesses for Workforce Week
On Friday, April 28, Monument Circle will host a uniquely-Indy race: the second annual HandleBar Hot Lap. In celebration of Downtown Indy, Inc.’s Workforce Week and the 101st Running of the Indy 500, businesses are invited to form a team and pedal in races around Monument Circle in HandleBars. The field is limited to the first 48 corporate teams that register.
Read More
James Hinchcliffe
 
Drivers Were All Smiles After First Test for 101st Indianapolis 500
Warm spring temperatures provided an optimal platform for 11 Verizon IndyCar Series cars to turn laps today on the hallowed 2.5-mile oval at Indianapolis Motor Speedway as they prepare for the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil in little more than two months.
Read More
Helio Castroneves
 
Month of May Can't Come Soon Enough for Castroneves
Temperatures in the low 70s greeted 11 drivers today at an Indianapolis Motor Speedway test to prepare for May’s 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil. Castroneves conceded anticipation begins before arriving in Indianapolis.
Read More
Items 1 - 5 of 2,460
Reserve one of our hospitality suites for your next event!
To start planning your event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway please fill out our Information Request Form or contact Laura Wyamn at (317) 492-8557 or email at lwyman@brickyard.com.
Latest Tweets
RT @pk500: Indy 500 champ Alexander Rossi takes his shot with Chicago Blackhawks https://t.co/61TYMqRPQX via @usatodaysports #indy500
about 10 minutes ago