Indy 500: Panther Racing day five report

Wheldon Finishes 31st on Final Chart, Carpenter 13th in Fuzzy's Vodka Entry INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - (May 19, 2010) -- National Guard Panther Racing driver Dan Wheldon and teammate Ed Carpenter completed a full day of practice Wednesday at the ...

Wheldon Finishes 31st on Final Chart, Carpenter 13th in Fuzzy's Vodka Entry

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - (May 19, 2010) -- National Guard Panther Racing driver Dan Wheldon and teammate Ed Carpenter completed a full day of practice Wednesday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in preparations for this weekend's Pole Day qualifications.

Wheldon completed 45 laps with a top speed of 222.79 mph in the National Guard No. 4 Dallara/Honda/Firestone car. Wheldon is the 2005 Indianapolis 500 champion and is making his eighth IZOD IndyCar Series start at the Brickyard.

Vision and Panther welcomed quicker speeds along with 1979 Masters champion and 1984 U.S. Open winner Fuzzy Zoeller in practice for the 2010 Indianapolis 500 today. Driver Ed Carpenter piloted the No. 20 Fuzzy's Ultra Premium Vodka car to a quick lap of 224.537 mph; good enough for 13th fastest on the speed charts.

Carpenter completed a total of 46 laps in his Vision Racing's No. 20 Honda powered Dallara, sponsored by Fuzzy's Ultra Premium Vodka. He will be making his 100th IZOD IndyCar Series start and is preparing for his seventh Indianapolis 500-mile race and sixth with Vision Racing.

Team sponsor Fuzzy Zoeller will be back to the track to oversee the team's progress Thursday through Pole Day. Known as one of the most fun loving personalities in the history of the game, the Indiana native and professional golfer entered into the spirits business in July 2009, launching his own ultra premium vodka which is displayed on the No.20 livery for the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing".

IZOD IndyCar Series action resumes tomorrow for all competitors at 12:00 p.m. and runs until 6:00 p.m. Pole Day qualifications will be held this coming Saturday.

The 94th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race will be broadcast live on ABC on Sunday, May 30th at 12:00 p.m. with additional coverage provided by the IMS Radio Network, www.indycar.com, XM channel 145 and Sirius channel 211.

Dan Wheldon, No. 4 National Guard Dallara Honda:

"It was a productive day in that we were able to try a lot of different things on the National Guard Panther Racing car. The Panther boys worked really hard throughout the afternoon as we made a lot of different changes. We weren't focused on our speeds, as there were a lot of things we wanted to try before we started trimming the car. I always enjoy my time at Indianapolis and we've still got a few more days of running before we qualify, so we're going to take what we learned today and use it to improve when we get back on the track tomorrow."

Ed Carpenter, No. 20 Fuzzy's Vodka Dallara Honda:

"Practice was good. It was much more productive than yesterday. We were able to get in some good race simulation and running and I feel okay with where we are. We obviously need to do some work to make me really happy going into the race, but we've got some time and I think we're in a pretty good place. We got in a decent run with some of the Andretti Autosport cars and had a good run with (Scott) Dixon too. I think our pace is okay, we've just got to get the car a little more comfortable in traffic. We're not too far off, so for the most part, I'm happy. I'm excited to start focusing on qualifying a little bit. That takes a whole different mentality so I will start preparing myself for that. But, today was fun because I got in some good runs and I got to meet Fuzzy Zoeller for the first time. We wouldn't be here without him and Fuzzy's Ultra Premium Vodka so it was fun to meet him. He definitely lived up to the hype of everything I was told about him. I'm looking forward to spending the rest of the weekend with him and getting a good result for him."

-source: panther racing

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