INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 15, 2003) -- Rookie Dan Wheldon put the ...
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 15, 2003) -- Rookie Dan Wheldon put the #26T Klein Tools/Jim Beam Dallara/Honda/Firestone in the top-five of the speed charts for the eighth time this month on Thursday. The 24-year-old Brit ran 124 laps in race trim, posting the fifth fastest speed at 228.128 miles per hour (39.4515 seconds).
Wheldon is the only driver who has been in the top-five every day he has practiced or qualified this month. After working on their qualifying setup during the first week of practice, the Klein Tools/Jim Beam team turned their focus to the car's race balance. The team ran a couple of long runs during the practice session and turned nearly 300 miles before calling it a day.
Tora Takagi led today's practice session with a speed of 229.157 miles per hour (39.2744 seconds). Greg Ray was second quick with s speed at 228.378 miles per hour (39.4084 seconds). Felipe Giaffone followed right behind Ray at 228.255 miles per hour (39.4285 seconds). Wheldon's Andretti Green Racing teammate Tony Kanaan ran 126 laps in Michael Andretti's #7T Team 7-Eleven Dallara/Honda/Firestone, posting a best speed of 224.921 miles per hour (40.0140 seconds).
A total of 24 cars are currently in the field with Sunday's qualifying session remaining. Practice continues at "The Brickyard" on Friday in preparation for the May 25th running of the Indy 500, which is slated to go green at 12 p.m. EDT and will air live on ABC Sports.
Dan Wheldon #26 Klein Tools/Jim Beam Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"We were just working on the race setup today. The Klein Tools/Jim Beam car got better and better throughout the day and I think we're in good shape. We aren't exactly where we want to be so my crew is going to work hard tomorrow. Right now I think we're very competitive but we want to make sure we cover all of our bases for when the race starts."
Barry Green, Andretti Green Racing Consultant
"We did 124 laps today and Dan did a great job. What we are trying to do now is just rub on the race setup a little. I don't think we are quite there yet but it was a good day and we were able to do some long runs. Dan was able to mix it up a little out there and we worked well with Tony (Kanaan)."