Birmingham: Panther Racing Friday report

National Guard Panther Racing Team Completes First Practice Day in Alabama Driver Dan Wheldon Posts 17th-Quickest Time Among the 25 IndyCar Series Competitors Entered LEEDS, Ala. - (April 9, 2010) -- Dan Wheldon and the National Guard Panther...

National Guard Panther Racing Team Completes First Practice Day in Alabama

Driver Dan Wheldon Posts 17th-Quickest Time Among the 25 IndyCar Series Competitors Entered

LEEDS, Ala. - (April 9, 2010) -- Dan Wheldon and the National Guard Panther Racing team completed the first day of IZOD IndyCar Series practice at Barber Motorsports Park on Friday, posting the 17th-quickest practice time of the day. The IndyCar Series is preparing for its inaugural event on the picturesque 17-turn, 2.38-mile permanent road course just outside Birmingham, Alabama.

Panther did not participate in the series' two-day open test earlier in the year because of the cold weather conditions at the time. The team elected instead to spend two days testing at Sebring International Raceway. Panther currently ranks ninth in the IndyCar Series championship standings after posting a fifth-place finish in Brazil and 20th-place finish two weeks ago in St. Petersburg.

Wheldon turned a total of 47 laps on the day, posting a quick time of 114.436 mph, 1:12.3549 seconds. The time put him just ahead of Danica Patrick and Graham Rahal amongst the 25 competitors who are entered in the event. Penske driver Will Power paced the field with a average lap speed of 116.315 mph and was followed on the speed chart by Brazilians Tony Kanaan (116.127 mph) and Helio Castroneves (116.015 mph).

Dan Wheldon, No. 4 National Guard Dallara Honda

"We're definitely moving in the right direction, it's just a very tight field out there -- like it is at all the IZOD IndyCar Series events. We've amassed some really good data to look over tonight and once we do that we'll make even more progress. You could see we made some nice improvements from the first session to the second session in the National Guard car and, like I said, once we get a better look at the data we're going to be able to set ourselves very nicely for tomorrow."

-source: panther racing

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Tony Kanaan , Graham Rahal , Dan Wheldon , Will Power
Teams Panther Racing