WHELDON FINISHES SECOND IN KLEIN TOOLS/JIM BEAM CAR AT KANSAS KANSAS CITY, Kan. (July 3, 2005) - Klein Tools/Jim Beam driver Dan Wheldon continued his push for the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series championship by leading the most laps and ...
WHELDON FINISHES SECOND IN KLEIN TOOLS/JIM BEAM CAR AT KANSAS
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (July 3, 2005) - Klein Tools/Jim Beam driver Dan Wheldon continued his push for the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series championship by leading the most laps and finishing second in the sixth-closest finish in IndyCar Series history at Kansas Speedway on Sunday. Wheldon leads the IndyCar Series standings by 76 points over teammate Tony Kanaan, who picked up his first win of 2005.
Wheldon, who started the race in 13th, wasted no time at all moving to the front of the pack. By the fifth lap on the 1.5-mile oval, Wheldon had broken into the top five. As the leaders began to pit under green-flag conditions, Wheldon moved to the lead position. When he decided to pit on lap 54, despite still being under green, the Klein Tools/Jim Beam crew sent Wheldon back out and in first place.
Wheldon spent much of the next 50 laps racing side-by-side with Tomas Scheckter. Following the second pit stop, Wheldon again found himself running in the lead. Under the green flag and with less than 30 laps remaining, Wheldon came in for his final pit stop. When he exited, he was in 17th place and a lap down, but the other 16 drivers ahead of him needed one more stop to finish the race. As the leaders began to pit with less than 15 laps left, Wheldon moved to the front again, closely pursued by Kanaan and Vitor Meira.
With three laps remaining, Wheldon and Kanaan were running side-by-side for the lead before Kanaan took the lead on lap 198 and held off Wheldon for the win by .0120 of a second.
Wheldon, who has four wins on the year, was followed by Meira, Dario Franchitti and Scheckter.
The IndyCar Series resumes Saturday, July 16, with the Firestone Indy 200 from Nashville Superspeedway. ESPN will provide live coverage of the 200-lap event at 7 p.m. (EDT).
Dan Wheldon, #26 Klein Tools/Jim Beam Dallara/Honda/Firestone:
"We didn't have a quick car all weekend, so to bring the Klein Tools/Jim Beam car home second and lead the most laps is good, but it's fantastic that my teammate won. I just didn't have a quick enough car to be dominant. It was an excellent job by Andretti Green Racing, so everyone is very, very happy."
Eddie Jones, Race Engineer, #26 Klein Tools/Jim Beam Dallara/Honda/Firestone:
"We didn't seem to have the quickest car, but really the pit stops were terrific. Dan was in and out of the pits very quickly, so when we got the lead, we were able to hang on to it for the majority of the race. It's a shame we came in second, but Dan gave it a great run and we almost had the win. But, if you go back and look at our championship position, we came away very happy."