Long Beach: Panther Racing Friday report

National Guard Panther Driver Dan Wheldon Finishes 16th in Long Beach Practice Team Completes First Full Practice Day in Preparations for Grand Prix of Long Beach LONG BEACH, Calif. - (April 16, 2010) -- National Guard Panther Racing driver...

National Guard Panther Driver Dan Wheldon Finishes 16th in Long Beach Practice

Team Completes First Full Practice Day in Preparations for Grand Prix of Long Beach

LONG BEACH, Calif. - (April 16, 2010) -- National Guard Panther Racing driver Dan Wheldon completed the first full day of practice in preparations for Sunday's Grand Prix of Long Beach, finishing in the 16th position amongst the 25 competitors entered in the event. Wheldon is returning to the Streets on Long Beach, where last season he captured his first Top Five finish as a member of Panther Racing.

The team completed a total of 41 laps on the day, posting a top lap speed of 98.517 mph, 1:11.9148 seconds.

This will be both Panther and Wheldon's second year of participation in Long Beach, the 36th annual running of the historic open-wheel event. Wheldon captured a fifth-place result last season after starting in 14th position, and avoided two near accidents -- including contact with Marco Andretti late in the race.

Andretti Autosport driver Ryan Hunter-Reay paced the field during the day, and was followed by Ryan Briscoe and Tony Kanaan on the speed chart.

Dan Wheldon, No. 4 National Guard Dallara Honda

"The National Guard Panther Racing guy continue to work really hard and we were able to try a lot of different things on the No. 4 car today. From what we learned today we've put ourselves in a position to run well tomorrow in practice and certainly for qualifications."

-source: panther racing

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tony Kanaan , Dan Wheldon , Ryan Hunter-Reay , Ryan Briscoe
Teams Andretti Autosport , Panther Racing