IRL: Homestead: Dan Wheldon preview

Dan Wheldon on the Homestead-Miami Indy 300: "I think the entire Andretti Green Racing team has done a stellar job preparing the cars over the off- season for what I think is going to be one of the most competitive seasons in motor racing ...

Dan Wheldon on the Homestead-Miami Indy 300:
"I think the entire Andretti Green Racing team has done a stellar job preparing the cars over the off- season for what I think is going to be one of the most competitive seasons in motor racing history. We obviously have a testing ban now to cut down on costs and that means we don't get in the car that much. To be quite honest, I'm itching to get in. I've seen the Klein Tools/Jim Beam boys practicing their pit stops and they look very, very confident and are doing a good job, so I'm just really, really excited to get underway. It's going to be a difficult season, but it's going to be a season that I'm going to enjoy."

Dan Wheldon Facts

* Wheldon finished the 2004 season in second place in the IndyCar Series points championship with 533 points; the second-highest point total in IndyCar Series history.

* In 2004, Wheldon recorded the first three IndyCar Series victories of his career.

* Wheldon led 192 laps to earn the first Honda-powered victory at Twin Ring Motegi.

* At Richmond, Wheldon started in the 20th position and drove to his second career win.

* Wheldon raced to his third win, leading the final 79 laps, at the final IndyCar Series event at Nazareth.

* Wheldon finished with 11 top-three finishes in 2004. That total tied him for an IndyCar Series high with teammate Tony Kanaan.

* With a top-four finish at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Wheldon will hold the IndyCar Series record for consecutive top-four finishes with eight. Wheldon is currently tied with Sam Hornish Jr. with seven- consecutive top fours, although Wheldon has accomplished the feat twice.

* Wheldon has started in the front row on four occasions in his IndyCar Series career and has two career IndyCar Series poles, earning them consecutively at Phoenix and Twin Ring Motegi in 2004.

* The driver of the #26 Klein Tools/Jim Beam machine led 433 laps in 2004, ranking him third in laps led.

John Anderson, Team Manager, #26 Klein Tools/Jim Beam Dallara/Honda/Firestone on the Homestead-Miami Indy 300:
"The preparation by the Klein Tools/Jim Beam team has been great. I was very impressed with Dan's competitiveness and focus in the two tests and I expect the Klein Tools/Jim Beam team to be near the top during the entire weekend at Homestead."

- AGR -

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