St. Pete: Panther Racing Friday report

Panther, Wheldon Complete First Practice Day on Streets of St. Petersburg Cadets from Florida Youth ChalleNGe Program Attending Saturday' Races Activities ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - (March 26, 2010) -- The IZOD IndyCar Series completed its first...

Panther, Wheldon Complete First Practice Day on Streets of St. Petersburg

Cadets from Florida Youth ChalleNGe Program Attending Saturday' Races Activities

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - (March 26, 2010) -- The IZOD IndyCar Series completed its first day of practice Thursday on the Streets of St. Petersburg in preparations for Sunday's Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. National Guard Panther Racing driver Dan Wheldon completed a total of 47 laps on the 14-turn, 1.8-mile street course.

Wheldon posted a top lap speed of 101.825 mph, 1:03.6383 seconds, which placed him in the 16th on the speed chart amongst the 24th drivers entered in this weekend's event.

Dan Wheldon, No. 4 National Guard Dallara Honda

"It was a good day in the National Guard Panther Racing car, and I don't think our time today reflects the true speed we have in the car. We're headed in a really good direction and going right towards where we need to be for practice and qualifications tomorrow. The guys have been working hard and making all the changes really quickly, so I know we're going to be even better tomorrow."

The Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will be broadcast live on ABC at 3:30 p.m. (EST) with additional coverage provided by the IMS Radio Network and XM Channel 145 and Sirius 211.

Florida Youth Challenge Cadets Attending St. Petersburg Qualification Day Saturday

Panther Racing and the National Guard Youth Foundation will host 20 cadets from the Florida Youth ChalleNGe Academy during tomorrow's activities in preparations for Sunday's Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Panther team owner John Barnes and driver Dan Wheldon will meet with the cadets to expose them to IZOD IndyCar Series racing and the many career opportunities available in the sport. Wheldon is a National Spokesperson for the Foundation and Barnes is a member of the Foundation's Board.

-source: panther racing

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Dan Wheldon , John Barnes
Teams Panther Racing