INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 22, 2003) -- Dan Wheldon saw his "Carburetion Day" practice cut short by a technical problem, completing just five laps before bringing the ...
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 22, 2003) -- Dan Wheldon saw his "Carburetion Day" practice cut short by a technical problem, completing just five laps before bringing the #26 Klein Tools/Jim Beam Dallara/Honda/Firestone back to the garage.
The Klein Tools/Jim Beam crew scrubbed in the team's Firestone tires in preparation for the Indianapolis 500. Wheldon, an IRL IndyCar Series rookie, will start from the middle of the second row on Sunday.
Kenny Brack led today's final practice session in his Honda-powered machine with a best speed of 228.707 miles per hour (39.3516 seconds). Wheldon's AGR teammate Robby Gordon was second with a lap at 227.850 miles per hour (39.3997 seconds). Gil de Ferran was third quickest today with a speed of 227.812 miles per hour (39.5062 seconds). Tony Kanaan was eighth fastest at 226.659 miles per hour (39.7073 seconds), while Michael Andretti was 11th at 226.190 miles per hour (39.7896 seconds).
Eleven rows of three will take the green flag for the 87th running of the Indianapolis 500. The race is slated to start at 12 p.m. EDT and will air live on ABC Sports on May 25.
Dan Wheldon #26 Klein Tools/Jim Beam Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"We didn't actually turn a lap today, we just scrubbed in some tires and made sure they were balanced correctly. Unfortunately, we had a technical hitch that prevented us from running any more, so I scrubbed in three sets of tires and that was it for the day. The Klein Tools/Jim Beam crew has given me a good car all month and I'm sure it won't be any different in the race, so I'm looking forward to it."