IRL: Kentucky: Dan Wheldon preview

Dan Wheldon on the AMBER Alert Portal Indy 300: "Kentucky is a very important race for me because it is the base for one of my co-primary sponsors, Jim Beam. Kentucky is a difficult track, for sure, but it's also a track where the...

Dan Wheldon on the AMBER Alert Portal Indy 300:

"Kentucky is a very important race for me because it is the base for one of my co-primary sponsors, Jim Beam. Kentucky is a difficult track, for sure, but it's also a track where the Klein Tools/Jim Beam team has had some success in the past. I hope to build on my championship lead and see if we can continue to win races."

Dan Wheldon Facts

* This will be Wheldon's third trip to Kentucky in the IndyCar Series. His best finish was third in 2004.

* The Klein Tools/Jim Beam team has recorded a top-10 result in 17 of the last 18 events.

* Wheldon has won four of the 11 races in 2005 and leads the IndyCar Series championship standings by 78 points over Sam Hornish Jr.

* Wheldon is the only IndyCar Series driver to win four of the first five races in a season and only the second driver to win four races over a five-race span.

* Adding to his record-breaking 2005 season, Wheldon won the 89th running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 29. He is the 64th different driver to win the event.

* Wheldon's seven career wins came over a 19-race stretch, which is the best stretch in IndyCar Series history. The next-closest stretch was by Sam Hornish Jr. who won seven races in 27 tries.

* Wheldon has the fifth-most top-five finishes in IndyCar Series history with 25.

* Earlier in 2005, Wheldon collected three-consecutive victories, only the second driver to achieve that feat. In addition to the Indianapolis 500, he won at Twin Ring Motegi and the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. His first win of 2005 came at Homestead-Miami Speedway where he led 158 of 200 laps.

* Wheldon has led 479 laps in 2005. He is currently 10th on the all-time list for laps led with 945.

* Wheldon was selected as Speed Channel's second quarter Driver of the Year in 2005.

John Anderson, Team Manager, #26 Klein Tools/Jim Beam Dallara/Honda/Firestone on the AMBER Alert Portal Indy 300:

"At this point in the season, we've got to cement our position as the leader of the championship and stay there. We've got to be consistent, but not at the expense of results. It would sure be nice to win another couple of races over the remainder of the season."

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Dan Wheldon , John Anderson , Jim Beam , Sam Hornish Jr.