IRL: Fontana: Dan Wheldon race comments

Wheldon takes second straight top-five finish Wheldon started from a career-high fourth spot on the grid and continually ran inside the top-five all day. The 25-year old dropped back to sixth position following his first pit stop, but quick work...

Wheldon takes second straight top-five finish

Wheldon started from a career-high fourth spot on the grid and continually ran inside the top-five all day. The 25-year old dropped back to sixth position following his first pit stop, but quick work by his Klein Tools / Jim Beam crew on subsequent stops moved him back into the top-five.

Dan Wheldon's fourth place finish moved him to just four points behind Roger Yasukawa in the battle for the Rookie of the Year title with onerace remaining.

Sam Hornish won his third race of the year, beating Scott Dixon and Wheldon's team-mate Tony Kanaan to the line. The close racing at California tightened the IRL IndyCar Series championship points race. Scott Dixon and Helio Castroneves are tied at the top with Tony Kanaan a mere seven points behind. 

The final race on the 2003 IndyCar Series calendar isscheduled for 12 October at Texas Motor Speedway.

After yesterday's race, Dan Wheldon commented 'The Klein Tools / Jim Beam crew did an excellent job today. We were trying to help Tony (Kanaan) get into victory lane and we came up a little short. He's only seven points back so he's got a good chance at the championship in Texas. It was another good finish for us and we are making a strong run at Rookie of the Year.'

Tony Cotman, Team Manager, Klein Tools / Jim Beam, said 'We did a great job today. There wasn't a whole lot we could do for a while and we were just along for a ride. Dan did a good job saving fuel at the start and it was one of those races where you were never going to go three-wide. I'm very happy with the job the team and Dan did and we just have one race left to get our first podium finish.'

-www.danwheldon.com

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Dan Wheldon , Roger Yasukawa , Jim Beam , Sam Hornis