Indy 500: Panther Racing Friday practice report

National Guard Team Fine-Tunes Race Setup, Plans More Work Over the Weekend INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 15, 2009) -- National Guard driver Dan Wheldon spent another full day turning laps at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and posted the 16th ...

National Guard Team Fine-Tunes Race Setup, Plans More Work Over the Weekend

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 15, 2009) -- National Guard driver Dan Wheldon spent another full day turning laps at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and posted the 16th quickest time amongst the thirty one drivers who turned laps on the 2.5-mile oval. Wheldon, who is qualified 18th for the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, turned a total of 73 laps on the day. The 2005 winner here has been working to perfect the team's race setup before the race, which will be held a week from this Sunday.

Dan Wheldon
No. 4 National Guard Dallara Honda

Dan Wheldon:

"We've got to continue to work hard, and I feel like the National Guard team made some good progress today. We're not where the Penske's are right now I don't think, but by the same token we moved a little closer today and I think with some continued hard work, and a little bit more consistency I think we'll be in the race with a fighting chance. Indianapolis is very difficult, we definitely need good weather over the weekend, and as you get to this point, you've got to be realistic and you're last few runs before carburetion day you want to be in the car and have that consistency so you're in the car and have a good idea of what you've got for the race. We'll continue to work hard, the team knows what the issues are, and they're working on fixing them now."

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