Wheldon liining up 13th in Kansas. KANSAS CITY, Kan. (July 5, 2003) -- Rookie Dan Wheldon posted the fourth fastest time in the final practice before qualifying today, but fell short of reproducing that run and will start 13th in the Kansas Indy...
Wheldon liining up 13th in Kansas.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (July 5, 2003) -- Rookie Dan Wheldon posted the fourth fastest time in the final practice before qualifying today, but fell short of reproducing that run and will start 13th in the Kansas Indy 300 Sunday at Kansas Speedway. Wheldon lapped the 1.5-mile oval at 214.888 miles per hour.
Wheldon simulated qualifying runs in the 30-minute practice session prior to qualifying and was pleased with the car. After recording speeds over 216 miles per hour in the session, the team made a few minor changes before qualifying, but the adjustments unfortunately did not improve Wheldon's chances for a top-five starting spot.
Scott Dixon won his second straight MBNA Pole Award and his third this season. Dixon set the pole speed at 218.085 miles per hour. His Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Tomas Scheckter was the quickest second quickest in today's qualifying, logging a best lap at 217.892 miles per hour. Tora Takagi will start third after his lap of 217.538 miles per hour. Wheldon's teammate Tony Kanaan will start eighth with speed of 215.585 miles per hour. Bryan Herta posted the 11th fastest speed at 215.154 miles per hour.
The 200-lap Kansas Indy 300 will air live on ABC Sports at 1 p.m. EDT tomorrow.
Dan Wheldon, #26 Klein Tools/Jim Beam Dallara/Honda/Firestone
"My run was disappointing; I really thought we could get a lot more out of it. Kansas is one of these tracks where you are flat out so you need to make sure you have the least amount of drag without the car sliding. We just struggled this afternoon. The Klein Tools/Jim Beam car was really good this morning and we should be quick in the race."
Tony Cotman, Klein Tools/Jim Beam Team Manager
"Qualifying was extremely disappointing for us. I think we are going to have to mix up our strategy for the race because I don't see a lot of cars being able to make passes out there. We have a really good race car and the goal is to be able to run well in traffic, but passing is very difficult. These cars are running so close together everyone is very equal."