Practice Incident Puts Wheldon, Panther in Back-Up Car in Edmonton; Accident on Initial Laps of Afternoon Practice Collects Danica Patrick, Puts Team in No. 4-T Car EDMONTON, Canada - (July 24, 2009) -- Panther Racing driver Dan Wheldon will be...
Practice Incident Puts Wheldon, Panther in Back-Up Car in Edmonton; Accident on Initial Laps of Afternoon Practice Collects Danica Patrick, Puts Team in No. 4-T Car
EDMONTON, Canada - (July 24, 2009) -- Panther Racing driver Dan Wheldon will be forced to qualify the team's No. 4-T National Guard back-up car in qualifications tomorrow for the Rexall Edmonton Indy, following a practice incident on the Edmonton City Centre Airport Circuit. The crash occurred as Wheldon exited the third turn of the 14-turn, 1.96-mile course, when his tires touched the grass and he spun into the temporary barrier between the third and fourth turns of the track.
The accident also collected Andretti Green Racing driver Danica Patrick, who made contact with the National Guard car while trying to avoid the incident on the grass inside of Turn Four.
The Rexall Edmonton Indy will be broadcast live on VERSUS at 5 p.m. (EST), with additional coverage provided by the IMS Radio Network, www.indycar.com and Sirius XM channel 211.
Dan Wheldon, No. 4 National Guard Dallara Honda
"I hit a curb which sent me to the other side of the track and a wheel went onto the grass and I ended up spearing it into the wall. It's unfortunate for the National Guard Panther Racing team. Our guys will build the car back up and we'll be back out there tomorrow. We thought we'd made some headway from the first session; we looked at the data and thought we knew where we needed to improve and felt pretty confident in that. But that was just my mistake and unfortunately I took Danica with me, which is a shame for her and the entire Andretti Green Racing team. We'll regroup and come out tomorrow strong."