IRL: Texas II: Dan Wheldon preview

Dan Wheldon looks forward to second IRL race. Dan Wheldon is looking forward to his second Indy Racing League (IRL) appearance - this Sunday in the Chevy 500 at Texas Motor Speedway at Fort Worth, Texas. Last weekend, the 24-year old Briton -...

Dan Wheldon looks forward to second IRL race.

Dan Wheldon is looking forward to his second Indy Racing League (IRL) appearance - this Sunday in the Chevy 500 at Texas Motor Speedway at Fort Worth, Texas.

Last weekend, the 24-year old Briton - from Emberton in Buckinghamshire - had a great first race in the all-ovalAmerican series at Chicagoland Raceway in the Delphi Indy 300, running as high as fourth and finishing the race less than a second behind the winner, his team-mate and Championship leader, Sam Hornish Jr.

Dan Wheldon is the first English driver to compete in the Indy Racing League and his performance has already been widely acclaimed. Leading British motor racing magazine Autosport described Wheldon's IRL debut 'very impressive' while Motorsport News flashed its front page with 'British hero Dan Wheldon impresses on Indy Racing League debut'. Meanwhile, Sam Hornish Jr said "Dan is a very good driver and that should help the overall effort."

Yesterday, as Dan Wheldon prepared to fly from Indianapolis to Texas for this weekend's last round of the 2002 IndyRacing League at the wheel of his No 15 Pennzoil Panther Racing Dallara Chevrolet Firestone, he said "I was very happy with our performance last weekend at Chicagoland, but a little unhappy with the final result! This Sunday I want to get on to the podium 'I can't wait to get back into the car . . ."

Dan Wheldon moved to the USA in 1999 after a highly successful early career in karts - often beating Jenson Button and Anthony Davidson - and the juniorsingle-seater formulae. In 1999 he won the US F2000 title. He then finished runner-up in the standings in CART Toyota Atlantic in 2000 and the CART Dayton Indy Lights series last year. He was named Rookie of the Year in all three series.

-www.danwheldon.com

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jenson Button , Anthony Davidson , Dan Wheldon , Sam Hornish Jr. , Sam Hornis
Teams Panther Racing