Wheldon, AGR continue to learn in rain-shortened test .
FONTANA, Calif., Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2002 -- Dan Wheldon and Andretti Green Racing tested for nearly five hours Dec. 16 at California Speedway before rain arrived early in the afternoon.
Wheldon, 24, from Emberton, England, tested the new Honda Indy V8 engine, which will make its debut in Indy Racing League competition in 2003, until about 1:40 p.m. (PST).
"Overall, everything is going well," Wheldon said. "I'm confident with the car. I'm learning exactly what I need to learn from this test. We are carrying on the plan that has been put in place, and everything is going according to plan."
Wheldon competed in two Indy Racing League events in 2002 driving for Panther Racing. He made his debut Sept. 8 at Chicagoland, starting seventh and finishing 10th. But he was only .9387 of a second behind winner Sam Hornish Jr.
On Nov. 26, Wheldon was announced as a test driver for AGR, which will compete exclusively in the IRL in 2003 with cars for Michael Andretti, Dario Franchitti and Tony Kanaan.
"It's great to be with Honda and Andretti Green Racing," Wheldon said. "We are working much more as a unit, and I'm enjoying it immensely and learning a ton. I'm grateful to (co-owners) Michael (Andretti), Kevin (Savoree) and Kim (Green) and for Honda in giving me this opportunity to work with them."
The IRL season starts March 2, 2003, at Homestead-Miami Speedway, and the series will compete Sept. 21, 2003, on the 2-mile oval at California Speedway. Both races will be broadcast live on ABC and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network.