Texas: Panther Racing qualifying report

Wheldon Secures Seventh Position for Texas Bombardier Learjet 550 National Guard Driver Starts Inside Fourth Row in Panther's No. 4 Car, Looks for Victory Saturday FORT WORTH, Texas (June 5, 2009) -- Dan Wheldon qualified in the seventh ...

Wheldon Secures Seventh Position for Texas Bombardier Learjet 550

National Guard Driver Starts Inside Fourth Row in Panther's No. 4 Car, Looks for Victory Saturday

FORT WORTH, Texas (June 5, 2009) -- Dan Wheldon qualified in the seventh position during IndyCar Series qualifications for tomorrow night's Bombardier Learjet 550 from Texas Motor Speedway. The starting position is the best of the season for the National Guard team, and Wheldon will now look to capture the team's first victory of the season on the exciting 1.5-mile oval.

Wheldon's four-lap average speed of 213.596 mph, came from laps of 213.669, 213.655, 213.554 and 213.505 mph. He will be joined on the fourth row by Andretti Green Racing driver Marco Andretti.

Ganassi Racing driver Dario Franchitti captured the pole position with Team Penske driver Ryan Briscoe starting on the outside of the front row.

Wheldon will be making his 10th start at TMS, and has a best finish of third position (2006 and 2004). He has led a total of 246 laps around the high-banked 1.5-mile oval in his career.

Dan Wheldon, No. 4 National Guard Dallara Honda

"When you look at qualifying we did the same time that we did on our own earlier in the day in practice. We're still not quite where we need to be, but we're looking for areas where we can improve. You can see where the big teams were able to make a big jump from what they ran in practice, and over time we'll figure those things out. The National Guard Panther Racing car is certainly good for the race, we've rolled off the truck here very competitive and that's what we need to do. We still don't have our first win of the season and we're trying desperately for that. This is going to be a very, very competitive race, and we're in pretty reasonable shape."

-credit: pr

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Dario Franchitti , Dan Wheldon , Ryan Briscoe , Marco Andretti
Teams Panther Racing , Team Penske , Chip Ganassi Racing