Dan Wheldon proved he is the man to beat at Homestead Miami Speedway after dominating Saturday night's XM Satellite Radio Indy 300. It was the Englishman's third victory on the 1.5-mile superspeedway. He led all but 21 of the 200 laps. "It's...
Dan Wheldon proved he is the man to beat at Homestead Miami Speedway after dominating Saturday night's XM Satellite Radio Indy 300. It was the Englishman's third victory on the 1.5-mile superspeedway. He led all but 21 of the 200 laps.
"It's great to be at Homestead and win three in a row," said Wheldon. "I'm not sure how we've done it, because I've done it with two different teams."
Wheldon overcame one mishap in the pits on lap 105, which put him back to 10th. He made short work of the field, retaking the lead 15 laps later. "I'm not exactly sure" what happened, he said regarding the botched pit stop. "We made a slight mistake."
Wheldon and his Target Chip Ganassi teammate Scott Dixon cruised to an easy 1-2 finish with Dixon crossing the finish line 11 seconds ahead of third place finisher Sam Hornish.
"We had it covered," Dixon said. "It was great to see the team with another 1-2 finish."
Hornish managed to stay close to the front for much of the race but was never a threat for the victory.
Vito Meira drove a strong race, starting tenth and finishing fourth. He was five seconds behind Hornish at the checkered flag.
Tony Kanaan overcame early troubles with an ill-handling car to finish fifth. Closing on Meira during the final laps, Kanaan was 0.5806 seconds behind Meira at the line. Kanaan was forced to pit early in the race when his car was nearly un-drivable.
Kanaan's Andretti Green Racing teammate Marco Andretti faced similar problems but elected to retire early. "I'm sure there's something wrong with the car," said Andretti. "It's nothing visual, so they're taking the car back. I really couldn't tell what's wrong."
Ed Carpenter finished sixth, the first car to finish off the lead lap.
Carpenter faced pressure from Dario Franchitti in the waning laps but Franchitti later reported that his car was "sliding around" at the end of the race.
Franchitti finished seventh, followed by Tomas Scheckter, who managed to pass Helio Castroneves with less than two laps remaining.