Wheldon Finishes Seventh During Second Day of Indianapolis Practice Incident Concludes Day for National Guard Team, Carpenter Finishes 23rd on Final Speed Chart INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - (May 16, 2010) -- National Guard Panther Racing driver Dan...
Wheldon Finishes Seventh During Second Day of Indianapolis Practice
Incident Concludes Day for National Guard Team, Carpenter Finishes 23rd on Final Speed Chart
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - (May 16, 2010) -- National Guard Panther Racing driver Dan Wheldon finished his second day of practice Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the seventh-quickest time on the final speed chart for the day. The day concluded with an incident in the fourth turn of the 1.5-mile Brickyard, as Wheldon's No. 4 car spun as he was attempting to enter pit lane and made minor contact with the outside retaining wall.
Wheldon was cleared and released to drive following an X-ray this evening at Methodist Hospital for a deep bruise on his right foot. His top speed of the day was a 224.583 mph, 40.0742 seconds and was coming off an opening day practice where he finished fourth yesterday.
Teammate Ed Carpenter, driving the No. 20 Fuzzy's Vodka entry that's a collaborative effort between Panther and Vision Racing, had a productive day of running several settings on the car, and finished with the 23rd quickest time of the day.
Carpenter's top lap was a 221.535 mph, 40.6256 seconds. He is preparing for his seventh Indianapolis 500-mile race and sixth with Vision Racing. Last season Carpenter started 17th and drove to an eighth-place finish. His best drive at Indianapolis came in 2008 when he started 10th, led his first career laps (3) and finished fifth.
IZOD IndyCar Series action resumes tomorrow for all competitors at 12:00 p.m. and runs until 6:00 p.m. Pole Day qualifications will be held this coming Saturday.
Dan Wheldon, No. 4 National Guard Dallara Honda:
"I'm actually not 100% sure what happened, we'll have to look at the data and see. This is obviously not what you want to happen on your second day at Indianapolis, but the team is really well prepared for this month and as you can see the National Guard Panther Racing car is really quick. (On the foot) It's just bruised. I whacked it pretty good on the side of the tub. It's one of those things around here; sometimes you crash really hard and you don't get knocked up at all, and sometimes it's those little hits and it bangs your foot against the side of the tub. Nothing big. (How do you bounce back from this?) I'm not concerned; we obviously had a great baseline to start with. We've got plenty of time, the team will bounce back really quickly - we've got two great crews here, and if anybody can rebound it's the National Guard boys without a shadow of a doubt."
Ed Carpenter, No. 20 Fuzzy's Vodka Dallara Honda:
"It was a good day. Nothing flashy and I don't know where we ended up on the speed charts. Like yesterday we weren't really concerned with speed and you really can't read that much into the charts yet because we tested a lot of different things. So I feel pretty good about it as it was productive. There were a couple of things that I would've liked to have accomplished that we didn't get to, but overall it was another good day. We just have to continue to stick to the game plan and get done what we need to get done each day and start finding speed again towards the end of the week."