IRL: Kansas: AGR, Wheldon qualifying report

Kansas City, Kansas (July 3, 2004) - Klein Tools/Jim Beam driver Dan Wheldon qualified 13th today for the Indy Racing League® IndyCar® Series Argent Mortgage Kansas Indy 300 at Kansas Speedway. The 26-year-old Brit posted a best speed...

Kansas City, Kansas (July 3, 2004) - Klein Tools/Jim Beam driver Dan Wheldon qualified 13th today for the Indy Racing League® IndyCar® Series Argent Mortgage Kansas Indy 300 at Kansas Speedway. The 26-year-old Brit posted a best speed of 207.151 miles per hour around the 1.5-mile oval.

Wheldon, currently second in the IndyCar Series championship standings, ran his fastest lap of the day during the qualifying session. The Klein Tools/Jim Beam team worked on race balance during a morning practice session and is confident the setup will be strong during tomorrow's event.

Buddy Rice won his third pole of the year with a speed of 210.141 miles per hour. Rice edged out Wheldon's Andretti Green teammate, Tony Kanaan, who will start on the outside of the front row after posting a speed 209.681 miles per hour. Vitor Meira, who posted season-best finish of second last week at Richmond, will start third with a speed of 209.342 miles per hour.

The Argent Mortgage Kansas Indy 300, Round 7 of the IndyCar Series schedule, will start tomorrow at 12:45 p.m. (EDT). ABC Sports will air the 200-lap event live with coverage beginning at 12:30 p.m. (EDT).

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

"We are having a similar problem to what we had at Texas and we just don't know why we're struggling right now. I'm very disappointed for the whole Klein Tools/Jim Beam crew because we've had a strong season so far. It's okay to have a problem as long as you can solve it and I'm totally confident in my team that we will be running up front here."

Eddie Jones, Race Engineer, #26 Klein Tools/Jim Beam Dallara/Honda/Firestone

"We're confident that we have a very good race car and Dan is driving extremely well right now, so I think you'll see us coming from the back once again. I think the track is going to allow us to make some passes and the Klein Tools/Jim Beam car should move up to the front."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tony Kanaan , Dan Wheldon , Buddy Rice , Jim Beam , Vitor Meira