Wheldon fourth on Friday at Indianapolis In what marked the final full day of practice before today's 'Pole Day' qualifying, the Klein Tools / Jim Beam crew worked in the garage most of the day, choosing not to head out to the pit lane until...
Wheldon fourth on Friday at Indianapolis
In what marked the final full day of practice before today's 'Pole Day' qualifying, the Klein Tools / Jim Beam crew worked in the garage most of the day, choosing not to head out to the pit lane until happy hour - the final hour of practice.
24-year old Wheldon jumped in the car and was immediately quick, steadily moving up the time sheet and ultimately landing in the fourth spot. The team has been fast all week and still holds the fastest lapof the month at 232.202 miles per hour which Wheldon set during Thursday's practice. Based on Friday evening's draw for qualifying order, Wheldon is slated to be the 10th car to make a qualification attempt today.
Wheldon's Andretti Green Racing (AGR) team-mate Robbie Gordon set the fastest speed yesterday at 231.362 miles per hour (38.9000 seconds). Gordon was followed by Scott Sharp at 230.829 miles per hour (38.9899 seconds). ScottDixon clocked in third fastest at 230.714 miles per hour (39.0094 seconds). Wheldon's other AGR stable mates, Team 7-Eleven drivers Tony Kanaan and Michael Andretti, posted the eighth and 15th fastest laps, respectively, at 230.157 and 228.308 mph.
Television coverage for today's 'Pole Day' qualifying got underway at 12 noon EDT on ESPN before switching to ABC Sports at 1pm EDT.
After yesterday's practice, rookie Dan Wheldon commented: 'This week has gone really well. The Klein Tools / Jim Beam team has done a good job and the crew has worked extremely hard. We need to qualify as well as possible and then shift our concentration to the race. My team-mates have been working on race set-up this week, so I know we have a good place to start to find the right balance.
'We stuck to our plan, and it worked well for us all this week. The car is comfortable for me, both in qualifying and race trim, and all four (Andretti Green Racing) drivers are sharing information and helping each other along. I'm really looking forward to qualifying. I believe any one of the four of us can take the pole. In the end, it may come down to the qualifying order.'
Barry Green, Andretti Green Racing Consultant, said yesterday: 'Everything has gone better than planned for us. We come out and hit our goals each and every day and we've been the fastest on a couple of those days. I'm really impressed with Dan's approach, his style and his ability. He does what he is told and when he is out on the track he does his job well. I'm very impressed.'