IRL: Day Three: Andretti gives Wheldon an Indy tow

IRL: Day Three: Andretti gives Wheldon an Indy tow

With a speed of 231.108 mph, rookie Dan Wheldon topped the speed chart on day three at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The driver for Andretti Green Racing has felt right at home ever since his rookie orientation at the Brickyard. Dan...

With a speed of 231.108 mph, rookie Dan Wheldon topped the speed chart on day three at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The driver for Andretti Green Racing has felt right at home ever since his rookie orientation at the Brickyard.

Dan Wheldon.
Photo by indyracing.com/Ron McQueeney.
"We are still working on our set program," Wheldon calmly explained. "So are our other three cars, and we gather the data at the end of the day and fine tune our program for the following day."

Wheldon was named earlier to the Andretti Green Racing seat that driver/owner Michael Andretti will vacate after this year's Indy 500. The young Brit filled in at Motegi for the injured Dario Franchitti.

At 11:30am (12:30pm EDT), Wheldon took the Indy tow from his boss Michael [Andretti] and turned a lap at 38.9429 seconds on the 1.5-mile oval. The practice sessions for the 87th Indianapolis 500 end at 6:00pm (7:00 EDT) and for the remaining on-track time, no one knocked Wheldon off the top.

"Dan has done a super job for us," confirmed the veteran driver/rookie owner Andretti. "Not just today but ever since he started with us. He knows how to go fast, and he knows when to go fast. It's been great having Dan as a teammate at Andretti Green Racing."

The top seven drivers all broke the 230mph barrier. Gil de Ferran was 0.039 seconds off Wheldon's best time. The Team Penske driver has been on the top each day in his return to the series after Phoenix accident sidelined him.

"The weather was absolutely fantastic, the best since we arrived in Indianapolis," said de Ferran. "There was very little wind, which makes it a pleasure to drive."

The ideal conditions apparently were most favorable in the first hour, as the fast laps for many of the teams were set during that timeframe.

Tomas Scheckter, Scott Dixon, Michael Andretti, Kenny Brack, and Tora Takagi complete the top seven. Sunday's leader on the board Sharp was 11th today and rookie Takagi led the way on Monday.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Gil de Ferran , Michael Andretti , Dario Franchitti , Scott Dixon , Tora Takagi , Kenny Brack , Dan Wheldon
Teams Team Penske