Edmonton: Panther Racing qualifying report

Panther, Dan Wheldon to Start in 22nd at Honda Indy Edmonton National Guard Team Eliminated from First Round of Qualifications Saturday on City Centre Airport EDMONTON, Canada (July 24, 2010) -- The National Guard Panther Racing team and driver...

Panther, Dan Wheldon to Start in 22nd at Honda Indy Edmonton
National Guard Team Eliminated from First Round of Qualifications Saturday on City Centre Airport

EDMONTON, Canada (July 24, 2010) -- The National Guard Panther Racing team and driver Dan Wheldon will start in the 22nd position during tomorrow's Honda Indy Edmonton, which will be held on a temporary course set up on Edmonton's City Centre Airport. The team was eliminated from the first of the IZOD IndyCar Series' three-round Firestone Fast Six knockout qualification session, and will begin tomorrow's 95-lap race on the outside of Row 11.

The No. 4 National Guard Panther Racing entry posted a top lap speed of 113.211 mph, 1:02.7397 seconds. Wheldon will start alongside Andretti Autosport driver Danica Patrick.

Wheldon is coming off consecutive Top Ten finishes in each of the last two races -- a sixth place finish in Watkins Glen and a 10th-place result a week ago on the Streets of Toronto. In each of those events, the team fell to the rear of the field after early-race contact and was able to drive back into the Top Ten. Last weekend's finish was Wheldon's sixth Top Ten result of the season, in addition to Top Five finishes he earned on the temporary street course in Brazil and a runner-up finish in the Indianapolis 500.

The PEAK Performance Pole Award was captured by defending race winner Will Power, who will be joined on the front row by Team Penske teammate Helio Castroneves.

Currently, Panther is in the ninth position in the IZOD IndyCar Series championship, nine points behind Justin Wilson in the eighth position and 42 points behind Tony Kanaan for seventh.

Dan Wheldon, No. 4 National Guard Dallara Honda

"A lot of the things we've learned from the Soldiers in the National Guard are really helpful on a day like today -- it's their 'never give up' and 'never say die' attitude that gets them through tough situations and that's what everybody on the National Guard Panther Racing team is going to strive for as we look forward to tomorrow's race. We've learned some key things in the last two days here in Edmonton and myself and everybody on this team are going to work hard tonight and tomorrow in the warm-up to improve the No. 4 car so that we're a factor in the race. We've overcome some challenges in each of the past two IZOD IndyCar Series races and the fans that will be here tomorrow and the ones watching on TV are going to see the same effort during the race tomorrow."

-source: panther racing

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Justin Wilson , Helio Castroneves , Tony Kanaan , Dan Wheldon , Will Power , Danica Patrick
Teams Panther Racing , Team Penske