IRL: Fontana: AGR/Wheldon Saturday report

Klein Tools/Jim Beam Driver Wheldon to start 4th at California FONTANA, Calif. (Sept. 20, 2003) ? Dan Wheldon will start from the fourth position tomorrow at California Speedway. Wheldon put the Klein Tools/Jim Beam Dallara/Honda/Firestone on...

Klein Tools/Jim Beam Driver Wheldon to start 4th at California

FONTANA, Calif. (Sept. 20, 2003) ? Dan Wheldon will start from the fourth position tomorrow at California Speedway. Wheldon put the Klein Tools/Jim Beam Dallara/Honda/Firestone on the outside of the second row after qualifying at a speed of 225.695 miles per hour.

Wheldon and the Klein Tools/Jim Beam team have been quick all weekend and the speed carried into today's qualifying session where he earned his best starting spot of the year.

Helio Castroneves took the MBNA pole with a speed of 226.757 miles per hour. Kenny Brack was second quickest at 226.280 miles per hour. Scott Dixon will start inside of Wheldon after qualifying at 226.219 miles per hour. Wheldon's teammate Tony Kanaan will start fifth with a speed of 225.198 miles per hour. Bryan Herta will start from the 14th position after qualifying at 223.306 miles per hour.

The green flag will fly at 3:30 p.m. EDT tomorrow with live coverage on ABC Sports.

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

"I think that was a good lap. The Klein Tools/Jim Beam team has been working hard and so has Honda and we've both been improving as the year progresses. I'd say we're happy; it certainly is nice to be at the sharper end of the field. I think we will be competitive in the race."

Tony Cotman, Klein Tools/Jim Beam, Team Manager

"We had a pretty good car in qualifying and we're happy with our top-five starting position. It is going to be good to start up front because I think it is going to be difficult to pass tomorrow. We worked on our race setup in the warm-up so we should be pretty good."

-AGR-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Bryan Herta , Kenny Brack , Dan Wheldon , Jim Beam