IRL: Indy Racing League News and Notes 2005-05-30

INDY RACING LEAGUE NEWS AND NOTES -- May 30, 2005 Today's IRL headlines 1. Indianapolis 500 continues Wheldon's hot streak 2. Foyt, Junqueira recovering from injuries 1. Indianapolis 500 continues Wheldon's hot streak: How dominant has Dan ...

INDY RACING LEAGUE NEWS AND NOTES -- May 30, 2005

Today's IRL headlines
1. Indianapolis 500 continues Wheldon's hot streak
2. Foyt, Junqueira recovering from injuries

1. Indianapolis 500 continues Wheldon's hot streak: How dominant has Dan Wheldon been in 2005? If he was a baseball player, he'd be hitting .800 for the season.

By winning the 89th Indianapolis 500, Wheldon continued his supremacy of the IRL IndyCar® Series, claiming his fourth victory in five starts this season.

"It's the proudest moment of my life," he said. "The race was just difficult because there were so many good cars out there. And the depth of talent was amazing. I think it just shows you the direction the series is going with the amount of leaders and the amount of leaders from different teams. Although, you know, it was good to see Andretti Green Racing running 1, 2, and 3 at one point."

Wheldon, who leads the IndyCar Series point standings by 72 points, has completed all but one of the 900 laps run this season. Even more impressive, he's led almost a third of the laps this season -- 301 to be exact.

"What really amazed me was that at about lap 100, Dan had worked his way up to fifth or sixth," said team manager John Anderson, who has shepherded Wheldon to his red-hot start. "And, looking at the strength of Dario (Franchitti) and Tony (Kanaan), I didn't think we had anything for them. But sure enough, he did. What really put us in victory lane was the grit and drive of the guy behind the wheel."

Wheldon, though, was quick to give credit for his success to the AGR organization, especially his teammates, reigning IndyCar Series champion Tony Kanaan and IndyCar Series veterans Dario Franchitti and Bryan Herta

"I think they've developed me -- they've been a big part of the development curve of me of getting me into this Victory Circle," Wheldon said. "They're very talented individuals. They've helped, along with these guys (ownership group), get me where I am. So I'm proud of that."

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2. Foyt, Junqueira recovering from injuries: Larry Foyt and Bruno Junqueira remained hospitalized at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis following separate accidents during the 89th Indianapolis 500.

Foyt, driver of the No. 41 ABC Supply/A.J. Foyt Racing Dallara/Toyota/Firestone, suffered a chip fracture of his lower spine in a single-car accident on lap 18. He was fitted with a back brace and is expected to be released from the hospital by Tuesday.

Junqueira, driver of the No. 36 Newman Haas Racing Team Centrix Panoz/Honda/Firestone, is in fair condition following successful surgery on his fractured T-12 and L-1 vertabras on Monday.

Dr. Terry Trammell, who performed the surgery on Junqueira, said the 28-year-old Brazilian suffered no additional spinal injuries and will remain hospitalized until the end of the week.

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The 10th season of IndyCar Series competition continues with the Bombardier LearJet 500k on June 11 at the Texas Motor Speedway. The race will be telecast by ESPN at 8:30 p.m. (EDT) and broadcast by the IMS Radio Network. The race also will be available on XM Satellite Radio channel 152 "XM Extreme." The next Menards Infiniti Pro Series race is the Texas 100 on June 11 at the Texas Motor Speedway. The race will be telecast by ESPN2 at 3 p.m. (EDT) on June 16.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Bruno Junqueira , Dario Franchitti , Tony Kanaan , Bryan Herta , Larry Foyt , Dan Wheldon , John Anderson , A.J. Foyt