England's Dan Wheldon has been confirmed as a race driver for the new Andretti Green Racing team which will contest the 2003 IRL IndyCar Series. Theannouncement was made at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum on 31 ...
England's Dan Wheldon has been confirmed as a race driver for the new Andretti Green Racing team which will contest the 2003 IRL IndyCar Series.
Theannouncement was made at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum on 31 January.
24-year old Wheldon -- from Emberton in Buckinghamshire, England -- is scheduled to make his race debut for Andretti Green Racing in the world-famous Indianapolis 500 which takes place on 25 May.
Wheldon's team-mates in the race will be team co-owner Michael Andretti, Scotsman Dario Franchitti and Brazilian Tony Kanaan. The Indy 500will be the last race for Michael Andretti before his retirement. Dan Wheldon will then drive for Andretti Green Racing in the remaining twelve races of the 2003 IRL IndyCar Series which is expected to provide some of the closest top-level racing anywhere in the world this year.
Dan Wheldon's Dallara/Honda/Firestone will be sponsored by Klein Tools and Jim Beam and carry a red, black and white livery.
All four AndrettiGreen Racing drivers are participating in the Test in the West at California Speedway and Phoenix International Raceway from 3-8 February.
Dan Wheldon commented:'I'm very excited about joining Andretti Green Racing -- it's a tremendous opportunity.' Wheldon -- who has undertaken several test session for Andretti Green Racing over the last few months in his role as Official Test Driver -- said of this week's activity:'The tests give me anopportunity to compare what I'm feeling in the car to what the other drivers at Andretti Green Racing are experiencing.'
In his career since moving to the USA in 1999, Dan Wheldon has already won the USF2000 title. He then finished runner-up in the standings in CART Toyota Atlantic in 2000 and the 2001 CART Dayton Indy Lights series. He was named Rookie of the Year in all three series. Wheldon made his debut in IndyCar racing last September, driving forPennzoil Panther Racing and finished his first race less than a second behind the winner.