IRL: Pikes Peak: AGR/Wheldon Saturday report

Wheldon starting 13th after rain washes out qualifying FOUNTAIN, Colo. (June 14, 2003) -- Heavy thunderstorms in the late afternoon washed out today's qualifying session for the Honda Indy 225 at Pikes Peak International Raceway. With...

Wheldon starting 13th after rain washes out qualifying

FOUNTAIN, Colo. (June 14, 2003) -- Heavy thunderstorms in the late afternoon washed out today's qualifying session for the Honda Indy 225 at Pikes Peak International Raceway. With tomorrow's starting lineup being based on today's practice times, Dan Wheldon will line up 13th in the Klein Tools/Jim Beam Dallara/Honda/Firestone.

Wheldon and the Klein Tools/Jim Beam crew worked on the car's race setup for most of the practice and were still searching for speed in anticipation of a qualifying run as the as the session ended.

Wheldon's teammate Tony Kanaan will start from the pole tomorrow. It is Kanaan's fifth front row start in six races and third from the pole. Helio Castroneves will start second and Felipe Giaffone will start third. Dario Franchitti who is returning to the car for the first time in three races will start from the seventh position.

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

"I think we would have been reasonable out there. With as competitive as the series is, to get a pole you have to have a lot of confidence going in and perhaps mine isn't the highest right now. The Klein Tools/Jim Beam car will be strong tomorrow. I know (team manager) Tony (Cotman) will make some good calls in the pits and the crew will give me some good stops as long as I hit my marks. We will be good."

-AGR-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Felipe Giaffone , Dario Franchitti , Tony Kanaan , Dan Wheldon , Jim Beam