IRL: Casey Wheldon Panther Racing test

Skip Barber trained Daniel Wheldon made an impressive start to his career as an IRL driver with Panther Racing, by lapping just 0.04s slower than team regular and fellow Skip Barber trained racer Sam Hornish Jr around the Chicagoland...

Skip Barber trained Daniel Wheldon made an impressive start to his career as an IRL driver with Panther Racing, by lapping just 0.04s slower than team regular and fellow Skip Barber trained racer Sam Hornish Jr around the Chicagoland Speedway.

In Wheldon's first test of the year he was right on the reigning champion's pace and comfortably quicker than Penske's Gil de Ferran, winner of the last IRL round at Pikes Peak.

"I had a fantastic first test!" said Wheldon, who averaged 220.5mph. "It was great just to jump in the car and be right on the pace– particularly as I only did 32 laps and drivers such as de Ferran and Robbie Buhl were on track for two full days. I can't wait to race for Panther later this year."

Wheldon is due to make his Panther debut at the penultimate round of the season at Chicago on September 8.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Robbie Buhl , Gil de Ferran , Skip Barber , Sam Hornish Jr.
Teams Panther Racing