Wheldon Taken Out on First Lap at Infineon; Panther Finishes 25th
National Guard No. 4 Car Flips Upside Down in First Lap Accident for Panther
SONOMA, Calif. (August 22, 2010) -- It was a short day for Panther Racing and National Guard driver Dan Wheldon Sunday in the IZOD IndyCar Series Grand Prix of Sonoma, as the team was taken out on the first lap of the race and finished in the 25th position.
After qualifying in the 12th position for the second season in a row, Wheldon was approaching the green flag for the 75-mile race when the No. 4 was struck was behind before reaching the start/finish line by Bertrand Baguette. The National Guard car flipped onto its roll hoop in the middle of the front straight. The team was unable to continue in the event.
The IZOD IndyCar Series will now travel to Chicagoland Speedway.
Dan Wheldon, No. 4 National Guard Panther Racing:
"I don't know what happened, really. I was just coming up for the start of the race obviously, and it's a shame because the National Guard car was really strong all weekend and we were hoping for a really good finish. It's never a good thing to be upside down but everybody at Dallara and the IZOD IndyCar Series do an unbelievable job from the safety aspect of our sport. The team continues to work incredibly hard and we wanted to put on a good show this weekend. Certainly the last four races are going to be an incredibly strong stretch for us, and expect to see that National Guard car up front. We'll move on to the next race and try to get his car into victory lane before the season ends."
-source: panther racing