IRL: Kentucky: Dan Wheldon race report

WHELDON FINISHES THIRD AT KENTUCKY IN KLEIN TOOLS/JIM BEAM CAR; INCREASES CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD TO 90 POINTS SPARTA, Ky. (Aug. 14, 2005) - Klein Tools/Jim Beam driver Dan Wheldon scored a third-place finish and drove his lead in the Indy ...

WHELDON FINISHES THIRD AT KENTUCKY IN KLEIN TOOLS/JIM BEAM CAR; INCREASES CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD TO 90 POINTS

SPARTA, Ky. (Aug. 14, 2005) - Klein Tools/Jim Beam driver Dan Wheldon scored a third-place finish and drove his lead in the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series championship to 90 points at Sunday's running of the AMBER Alert Portal Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway. Only Sam Hornish Jr. is within 100 points of Wheldon with five races remaining in the IndyCar Series season.

In typical Wheldon fashion, he wasted no time finding his way to the front of the field where he would stay for the entire race. On his way to leading the most laps, Wheldon never ran lower than third place during the 200-lap event.

Scott Sharp won his first race of the season and Vitor Meira finished second. They were followed across the line by Wheldon, Alex Barron and Helio Castroneves.

The IndyCar Series schedule resumes Sunday, Aug. 21, from Pikes Peak International Raceway. ABC will provide live coverage of the Honda Indy 225 beginning at 3:30 p.m. (EDT).

Dan Wheldon, #26 Klein Tools/Jim Beam Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "It was a good result for the Klein Tools/Jim Beam team. It's a real shame for my three teammates who did not finish. I felt alone out there and it was certainly disappointing. Everybody did a good job today, we just came up a little short, but nonetheless, everyone should be commended for the job they did. From a championship standpoint, it doesn't look too bad."

John Anderson, Team Manager, #26 Klein Tools/Jim Beam Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "We were up there contending for the win, but it just wasn't to be. It was so difficult up there on the high line, as Vitor (Meira) showed. It was disappointing for Dan. We had high hopes for the Klein Tools/Jim Beam car today and we had a pretty good car. We just couldn't get in the draft and pull up on them there at the end."

-AGR

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Scott Sharp , Helio Castroneves , Alex Barron , Dan Wheldon , John Anderson , Jim Beam , Sam Hornis , Vitor Meira