IRL: Nashville: Dan Wheldon preview

Dan Wheldon on the Firestone Indy 200: "Nashville is always a difficult race; one that you can never predict. Everybody is pushing the limit so much now with pit stops and everything that it will be another tight race for sure. I think you'll see...

Dan Wheldon on the Firestone Indy 200: "Nashville is always a difficult race; one that you can never predict. Everybody is pushing the limit so much now with pit stops and everything that it will be another tight race for sure. I think you'll see a very similar race to the one in Kansas. After our finish in Kansas, the Klein Tools/Jim Beam team is certainly pumped up about getting back to the track and hoping to win, maybe by a small margin over Tony (Kanaan)."

Dan Wheldon Facts -- Wheldon has won four of the eight races in 2005 and leads the IndyCar Series championship standings by 76 points over teammate Tony Kanaan. Wheldon is the only IndyCar Series driver to win four of the first five races in a season and only the second driver to win four races over a five-race span. Adding to his record-breaking 2005 season, Wheldon won the 89th running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 29. He is the 64th different driver to win the event. Wheldon is the only driver in 2005 to finish in the top 10 in all eight races. Currently, he has a streak of 15-consecutive top-10 finishes. The next-closest driver has four-consecutive top 10s. Wheldon's seven career wins have come in the last 22 events, which is the best stretch in IndyCar Series history. The next-closest stretch was by Sam Hornish Jr. who won seven races in 27 tries. Earlier in 2005, Wheldon collected three-consecutive victories, only the second driver to achieve that feat. In addition to the Indianapolis 500, he won at Twin Ring Motegi and the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. His first win of 2005 came at Homestead-Miami Speedway where he led 158 of 200 laps. Wheldon has led 414 laps in 2005. He is currently 10th on the all-time list for laps led with 880. His best finish at Nashville Superspeedway came in 2003 when he finished fourth. Wheldon was selected as Speed Channel's second quarter Driver of the Year in 2005.

Eddie Jones, Race Engineer, #26 Klein Tools/Jim Beam Dallara/Honda/Firestone on the Firestone Indy 200: "Nashville is a complicated track because of the concrete surface which tends to lack grip at the start of the weekend and builds quite an amount of grip during the weekend, so we have to plan and allow for that. It's also a very bumpy track, so really the emphasis is on suspension setup to get a well-balanced car that will remain consistent throughout the race."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tony Kanaan , Dan Wheldon , Jim Beam , Sam Hornish Jr.