Dan Wheldon Named Second Team All-American

FAIRFIELD, N.J. (December 8, 1999) -- Reigning U.S. F2000 National Champion Dan Wheldon has been named to the American Auto Racing Writers & Broadcasters Association (AARWBA) All-American Second Team. An At Large selection, Wheldon is ...

FAIRFIELD, N.J. (December 8, 1999) -- Reigning U.S. F2000 National Champion Dan Wheldon has been named to the American Auto Racing Writers & Broadcasters Association (AARWBA) All-American Second Team. An At Large selection, Wheldon is joined on the team by some of racing's superstars, including Kenny Brack, Dario Franchitti, Bobby Labonte and Jeff Gordon. The AARWBA All-America Team annually recognizes the top 12 drivers in North American motorsports. The team is split into six categories -- Open Wheel Racing, Road Racing, Short Track, Stock Car Racing, Drag Racing and At Large. Votes are collected from the AARWBA membership to determine first team, second team and honorable mention (those receiving at least five percent of the vote) selections. The leading vote getter receives the Jerry Titus Award as the All-America Team's driver of the year. The 1999 AARWBA Second Team consisted of: Open Wheel - Brack (Indy 500 Winner) and Franchitti (CART Runner-up); Stock - Labonte (NASCAR Winston Cup Runner-Up) and Gordon (NASCAR Winston Cup sixth place); Road Racing - Brian Simo (Trans-Am Runner-up) and Olivier Beretta (ALMS GTS Champion); Drag Racing - Warren Johnson (NHRA Pro Stock Champion) and Gary Scelzi (Top Fuel Runner-up); Short Track - Ryan Newman (USAC Silver Bullet Champion) and Jack Spraque (NASCAR Crafstman Truck Champion); At Large - Rick Santos (NHRA Dragster Champion)and Wheldon. "It's a great honor to be recognized by the writers for the season I had this past year," said Wheldon. "To be mentioned along side these is other great drivers is a privilege." The first Englishman to ever win the U.S. F2000 title, Wheldon, 21, is the second series driver to be named a AARWBA All-American. David Besnard was named First Team All-American in 1998. In his rookie season, Wheldon captured the 1999 Drivers' Championship, Road To Indy Oval Crown Championship and the Rookie of the Year honors. Wheldon won a series-leading six races, had 11 podium finishes, five pole positions and led the most laps (150 of 362). Wheldon is currently weighing his options for 2000, which include opportunities in the KOOL/ Toyota Atlantic Championship and the PPG-Dayton Indy Lights series. He recently completed a successful test with Atlantic's PPI Motorsports at Buttonwillow, Calif. as part of his award for winning the U.S. F2000 Championship. Wheldon has several other tests schedueled, and expects an announcement regarding his future plans soon.

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