IRL: Indy 500: Dan Wheldon Opening Day summary

Klein Tools/Jim Beam Driver Dan Wheldon Fifth in Practice SPEEDWAY, Ind. (May 9, 2004) - Klein Tools/Jim Beam driver Dan Wheldon opened practice for the 88th running of the Indianapolis 500 today at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway with...

Klein Tools/Jim Beam Driver Dan Wheldon Fifth in Practice

SPEEDWAY, Ind. (May 9, 2004) - Klein Tools/Jim Beam driver Dan Wheldon opened practice for the 88th running of the Indianapolis 500 today at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the fifth fastest lap of the day.

The 2003 Indy Racing League® IndyCar® Series Rookie-of-the-Year and the series most recent winner lapped to 2.5-mile yard of bricks 16 times with a best speed of 218.007 miles per hour. The speed was good enough to place Wheldon fifth among the 33 cars that practiced today. As part of today's practice, Wheldon also took the #26T Klein Tools/Jim Beam machine out on the track to find a comfortable setup on that car, as well.

Scott Dixon was the fastest on the day with a lap at 219.760 miles per hour. Helio Castroneves was second fast at 219.752 miles per hour, ahead of Adrian Fernandez 218.342 miles per hour. Tomas Scheckter was fourth fastest after a lap at 218.308 miles per hour.

Practice for the Indianapolis 500 continues tomorrow at noon EDT.

Dan Wheldon, Driver, #26 Klein Tools/Jim Beam Dallara/Honda/Firestone

"It's really fun to be back here at Indy. We shook down both cars and certainly the Klein Tools/Jim Beam crew put together some very nice cars. The crew has been very busy, but the cars are fantastic. The boys have just given me two great cars. It is only opening day but we ran through our program and everything went very well."

Tony Cotman, Team Manager, #26 Klein Tools/Jim Beam Dallara/Honda/Firestone

"We pretty much achieved want we wanted to.  We got both of the Klein Tools/Jim Beam
cars up to speed.  We are not the fastest, but we are alright.  It is certainly a very smooth start to
the month.  Hopefully the weather will stay nice and we will continue to have days like this."

-AGR-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Adrian Fernandez , Scott Dixon , Dan Wheldon , Jim Beam