IRL: Chicagoland: AGR, Wheldon Friday report

Dan Wheldon, ...

Dan Wheldon, #26 Klein Tools/Jim Beam Dallara/Honda/Firestone

"The Klein Tools/Jim Beam car was good. I got a very good draft to set that fast lap. Now we're just working on our race stuff. The session we've got to focus on now is the warm-up. We've got to make sure we've got a good car for the race. You qualify here on your own, but you race in a pack of 22 cars, so you've got to make sure you're ready for that. Certainly the car feels competitive. Now, we'll just have to wait and see what happens."

Dan Wheldon Facts

Wheldon recorded the fastest lap during both the first and second practice sessions Friday.

Wheldon is coming off his third career IndyCar Series win with a victory at the Firestone Indy 225 at Nazareth Speedway. He was also victorious at Twin Ring Motegi (April 17) and Richmond (June 26).

With his win at Nazareth, Wheldon has moved into second place in the IndyCar Series points championship hunt. He leads third-place driver Buddy Rice by four points (431-427). Teammate and Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan leads the standings and is 72 points ahead of Wheldon.

Wheldon scored his fourth-straight third-place finish at Nazareth Speedway. Through 13 races, he leads the series in top-three finishes with nine.

Tony Cotman, Team Manager, #26 Klein Tools/Jim Beam Dallara/Honda/Firestone

"We unloaded this weekend pretty fast and the Klein Tools/Jim Beam car was pretty good all day We're pretty racey. I feel good about race day and that's what we're really focused on. We just need to continue our winning ways here and see what it brings us."


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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tony Kanaan , Dan Wheldon , Buddy Rice , Jim Beam