Wheldon Finishes 11th in Kentucky Speedway Thriller Panther Remains in Seventh Position in IndyCar Series Points Standings, Heads to Mid-Ohio SPARTA, Kentucky - (August 1, 2009) -- Panther Racing driver Dan Wheldon finished 11th Saturday ...
Wheldon Finishes 11th in Kentucky Speedway Thriller
Panther Remains in Seventh Position in IndyCar Series Points Standings, Heads to Mid-Ohio
SPARTA, Kentucky - (August 1, 2009) -- Panther Racing driver Dan Wheldon finished 11th Saturday evening at Kentucky Speedway in the Meijer Indy 300. The race, which was run under the threat of rain for the duration of the 200 laps, featured a thrilling trademark IndyCar Series finish between eventual winner Ryan Briscoe and Vision Racing driver Ed Carpenter.
The field for the event was set on entrant points after persistent weepers cancelled all on-track activity Friday, putting Wheldon's No. 4 car in the seventh position at the start. Panther's driver fought a push in the first stint of the race, causing him to lose several positions. Adjustments made during each of the team's first two pit stops improved the car significantly, but the race had just one caution flag, which made it difficult for the team to make up many positions during the night.
Wheldon is now tied with Andretti Green Racing driver Tony Kanaan for seventh position in the IndyCar Series points championship, and is just five points behind Kanaan's AGR teammate Marco Andretti.
Briscoe captured his second win of the season, with Vision's Carpenter finishing just 0.0162 seconds behind -- which marked the closest finish in the history of Kentucky Speedway. Kanaan was third with Team Penske's Helio Castroneves concluding the race in fourth.
The team will travel to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course next weekend.
Dan Wheldon, No. 4 National Guard Dallara Honda
"It was a difficult night for the National Guard Panther Racing team and certainly not what we were expecting coming into Kentucky this weekend. But we have to keep fighting. We have all the right components here at Panther and it's a matter of taking advantage of what we have and getting everything right during the race weekend. There is a lot of the season left and the work starts next weekend in Mid-Ohio."