IRL: Texas II: Dan Wheldon Friday comments

Dan Wheldon gets ready for tomorrow's showdown! With that out of the way, Englishman Wheldon is now focused exclusively on race day and the pursuit of a fourth Rookie of the Year title to add to those he won in US Ford 2000 (1999), CART Toyota...

Dan Wheldon gets ready for tomorrow's showdown!

With that out of the way, Englishman Wheldon is now focused exclusively on race day and the pursuit of a fourth Rookie of the Year title to add to those he won in US Ford 2000 (1999), CART Toyota Atlantic (2000) and CART Dayton Indy Lights (2001) . . .

25-year old Wheldon - from Emberton in Buckinghamshire - clocked the 16th fastest time yesterday at 219.465 mph. He trails RogerYasukawa by only four points in the fight for the rookie title - and Yasukawa will start tomorrow's race alongs ide him in 15th place on the grid!

Gil de Ferran, who will run the final IndyCar race of his career tomorrow, won the pole with a lap of 222.864 mph.

Tomorrow's 300-mile event is set to go green at 3.45pm (EDT) and will air live on ESPN.

After last night's qualifying session, Dan Wheldon commented: 'We're very disappointed with our qualifying performance. We don't actually know why we ran the speed that we ran, but we'll go back to the truck and have a look at the data. The main thing is that we've got a good car for the race. Certainly, the Team 7-Eleven crew will be ready to go by Sunday.'

Tony Cotman, Team Manager,Team 7-Eleven, said:'We're extremely disappointed with qualifying, obviously. We had a little problem, but those things happen. Now, we know what we've got to do on Sunday. We've got to try something different and make something happen. We really don't have a lot to lose from where we're starting. We definitely won't be conservative. We'll just see what happens. You never know.'

-www.danwheldon.com

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Gil de Ferran , Dan Wheldon