IRL: Chicagoland: Dan Wheldon preview

Dan Wheldon on the Peak Antifreeze Indy 300: "The finishes at Chicago are just so close. At the end of a 200-lap race, it's frustrating to come up short by such a small margin. It is always an intense race and will be this year because of ...

Dan Wheldon on the Peak Antifreeze Indy 300:

"The finishes at Chicago are just so close. At the end of a 200-lap race, it's frustrating to come up short by such a small margin. It is always an intense race and will be this year because of the championship. At Chicago, it's always best to start in the front and stay there."

Dan Wheldon Facts

Wheldon currently holds a 79-point lead over Tony Kanaan in the IndyCar Series championship.

Wheldon won the Honda Indy 225 at Pikes Peak for his fifth win in 2005, tying Sam Hornish Jr. for the most wins in a season.

The win at Pikes Peak was Wheldon's eighth career win in the IndyCar Series, tying him with Buddy Lazier for the third-most wins in IndyCar Series history. Lazier has eight wins in 89 starts, Wheldon has eight victories in 46 career starts.

This will be Wheldon's fourth start at Chicago. He has finished fourth each of the last two seasons.

The #26 Klein Tools/Jim Beam car will sport a paint-scheme change for the race at Chicagoland. The Jim Beam portion of the car will showcase Jim Beam Black. The award-winning bourbon is aged eight years and bottled at 86-proof.

The Klein Tools/Jim Beam team has recorded a top-six finish in 19 of the last 21 races.

Wheldon has won five of the 14 races in 2005. He has wins at Homestead, St. Petersburg, Twin Ring Motegi, Indianapolis and Pikes Peak.

Wheldon is the only IndyCar Series driver to win four of the first five races in a season.

On May 29, he became the 64th different driver to win the Indianapolis 500.

Earlier in 2005, Wheldon became only the second driver to collect three-consecutive victories.

Wheldon has led 651 laps in 2005. He is currently seventh on the all-time list for laps led with 1,117, and is one of only 10 people to lead at least 1,000 laps in the IndyCar Series.

John Anderson, Team Manager, #26 Klein Tools/Jim Beam Dallara/Honda/Firestone on the Peak Antifreeze Indy 300:

"We had a good test in Chicago with the Klein Tools/Jim Beam car and we were able to do a couple full-tank runs. There was no timing and scoring, but from the amount of track time we used, I think we've got a leg up on the other teams. It amounts to a three-day race for us and a two-day race for our opponents."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Buddy Lazier , Tony Kanaan , Dan Wheldon , John Anderson , Jim Beam , Sam Hornish Jr.