IRL: Wheldon completes successful test at Kentucky

SPARTA, Ky., Monday, March 31, 2003 -- Andretti Green Racing driver Dan Wheldon completed 214 trouble-free miles in private testing March 28 at Kentucky Speedway, getting valuable seat time and acquiring data for the team. Wheldon will attempt...

SPARTA, Ky., Monday, March 31, 2003 -- Andretti Green Racing driver Dan Wheldon completed 214 trouble-free miles in private testing March 28 at Kentucky Speedway, getting valuable seat time and acquiring data for the team.

Wheldon will attempt to qualify for the 87th Indianapolis 500 as part of a four-car AGR effort and then will take over the rest of the season for team co-owner Michael Andretti, who will retire after the "500."

Wheldon, who will drive the No. 26 Klein Tools/Jim Beam Dallara/Honda/Firestone, will compete at the 1.5-mile Kentucky oval Aug. 17 in the Belterra Casino Indy 300 along with his AGR teammates Tony Kanaan, driver of the No. 11 Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone, and Dario Franchitti, driver of the No. 27 Alpine/Archipelago/Motorola Dallara/Honda/Firestone.

It will be the first race at Kentucky Speedway for the team and all three drivers, although Wheldon has tested there with Panther Racing.

"While we were in Kentucky as part of our ongoing testing program with Honda, we were also focused on providing Dan with a chance to get back into a race car prior to the month of May," AGR co-owner Kim Green said. "Dan's last time in the race car was at California Speedway for Test in the West in February, and we knew that it was important for him to get back on board and put in some good laps before we get to Indy. He did a good job, and I'm sure it was as helpful to him as it was for us."

Team Manager Kyle Moyer agreed.

"It was a good test," Moyer said. "We were very impressed with Kentucky Speedway. It's really a beautiful facility. We were able to do our scheduled work for Honda and also use Dan Wheldon's experience at the track to work on other mechanical issues.

"It was our first visit to Kentucky, and now we've got a good starting point to work from for the race."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Michael Andretti , Dario Franchitti , Dan Wheldon , Kim Green , Jim Beam
Teams Panther Racing