National Guard Driver Dan Wheldon Qualifies 15th in St. Petersburg Panther Racing Looks to Duplicate Top Five Effort from IZOD IndyCar Opener in Brazil ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - (March 27, 2010) -- National Guard Panther Racing driver Dan Wheldon...
National Guard Driver Dan Wheldon Qualifies 15th in St. Petersburg
Panther Racing Looks to Duplicate Top Five Effort from IZOD IndyCar Opener in Brazil
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - (March 27, 2010) -- National Guard Panther Racing driver Dan Wheldon qualified 15th amongst an extremely competitive IZOD IndyCar Series field for Sunday's Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Wheldon, the 2005 winner of the event here, is coming off a fifth-place finish in the opening IndyCar Series opening race held in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Panther ran in the first qualification group, and finished with the eight-quickest time in the group with a top lap time of 104.087 mph, 1:02.2557 seconds. Penske driver Will Power won the pole position for tomorrow's 100-lap event, and will be joined on the front row by Andretti Autosport driver Tony Kanaan.
Tomorrow will mark Wheldon's 114th consecutive IndyCar Series start, trailing only Tony Kanaan (115) in that category. Panther's former Indy 500 and IndyCar Series champion has a career total of 15 wins, 58 Top Five and 83 Top Ten finishes. He has led a total of 2,756 laps in his IndyCar career.
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.
Dan Wheldon, No. 4 National Guard Dallara Honda
"It was actually a really good day in the National Guard Panther Racing car, but the IZOD IndyCar Series field is really close this weekend. The car is honestly working well we just missed the (top six of the session) by a little bit, but sometimes that's how it goes. I know we've got a really good racecar, and as everybody knows, anything can happen on these street courses. The entire Panther team is really excited about tomorrow, and we have a few things to work on in the warm-up (practice) tomorrow. Our No. 4 car will be similar to what we have in Sao Paulo, which means we should be really good for the race."
-source: panther racing