IRL: Dan Wheldon second test with Panther Racing report

Wheldon quick again for Panther Racing. On Thursday 1 August, Dan Wheldon had his second test session with reigning Indy Racing League (IRL) Champions Pennzoil Panther Racing and was again very quick. Wheldon ran 76 laps of the Kentucky...

Wheldon quick again for Panther Racing.

On Thursday 1 August, Dan Wheldon had his second test session with reigning Indy Racing League (IRL) Champions Pennzoil Panther Racing and was again very quick.

Wheldon ran 76 laps of the Kentucky Speedway oval at the end of the day in the Pennzoil-backed Dallara-Chevrolet and set a fastesttime of 222.13 mph -- a similar speed to his team-mate, defending IRL Champion, Sam Hornish Jr, and quicker than other drivers on the track that day.

Dan Wheldon commented afterwards: 'It was great to be back in the car and to be able to be so quick, despite being on full tanks and not being in qualifying set-up.'

In just over a month's time -- Sunday 8 September -- Dan Wheldon will become the first English driver to race in the IndyRacing League when he drives a second Pennzoil Panther Racing Dallara-Chevrolet in the penultimate 2002 race at Chicago. The following weekend he will again race for the team at Texas Motor Speedway.

24-year old Wheldon has been Rookie of the Year in America for the last three seasons -- in US Formula Ford 2000 (1999), CART Toyota Atlantic (2000) and CART Dayton Indy Lights (2001).

-www.danwheldon.com

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Dan Wheldon
Teams Panther Racing