Scheckter and Dixon get Ganassi drives

Scott Dixon and Tomas Scheckter will drive for Chip Ganassi's two-car IRL team in 2003, which will be backed by long-term sponsor Target

Scheckter and Dixon get Ganassi drives

The announcement is a further blow to CART, which is not only losing one of its most promising young drivers in Dixon, but also a sponsor it had designs on keeping in Target.

It is good news for Ganassi though, who has secured the budget to run two Toyota-powered G-Force chassis in the oval series.

However, Ganassi is scaling down from the four cars it ran this season (three in CART, plus one in the IRL) and current drivers Kenny Brack, Bruno Junqueira and IRL pilot Jeff Ward, appear to have been left out in the cold.

For Scheckter, the chance to join the dominant CART team of the late nineties - it won four titles with Jimmy Vasser, Alex Zanardi and Juan Pablo Montoya - was the perfect antidote to a difficult year that saw him take his first IRL win but part company with Team Cheever mid-season.

"I've said all along that I wanted to stay in the Indy Racing League and it's a dream to join a great organisation like this," he said. "I had an up-and-down year last season, but I learned a lot. I'm already excited about racing with the Target team and Toyota power, I just wish that the season would get started a little sooner."

New Zealander Dixon became the youngest ever CART winner when he triumphed at Nazareth last year aged just 21.

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