IRL: Michigan: AGR/Wheldon qualifying report

Wheldon lining up 13th in Michigan BROOKLYN, Mich. (July 26, 2003) -- Rookie Dan Wheldon posted the 13th fastest time in qualifying today, securing himself the inside starting position in the seventh row for the Firestone Indy 400 at Michigan ...

Wheldon lining up 13th in Michigan

BROOKLYN, Mich. (July 26, 2003) -- Rookie Dan Wheldon posted the 13th fastest time in qualifying today, securing himself the inside starting position in the seventh row for the Firestone Indy 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Wheldon lapped the 35-year-old two-mile oval at 219.456 miles per hour.

The Klein Tools/Jim Beam team worked in race conditions during practice yesterday and then ran a few simulated qualifying runs in this morning's 30-minute practice before the qualifying session. During the final warm-up before the race, Wheldon was the fifth quickest at 220.817 miles per hour.

Tomas Scheckter won the MBNA Pole Award with a speed at 222.458 miles per hour. His Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Scott Dixon was the second quickest in today's qualifying, logging a best lap at 222.425 miles per hour. Helio Castroneves will start third after his lap of 221.953 miles per hour. Wheldon's teammate Bryan Herta will start alongside him on the outside of the seventh row, qualifying 14th with a speed of 219.127 miles per hour. Tony Kanaan will start 15th with a speed of 218.806 miles per hour.

The 200-lap Firestone Indy 400 will air live on ABC Sports at 3 p.m. EDT tomorrow.

Dan Wheldon, #26 Klein Tools/Jim Beam Dallara/Honda/Firestone

"Our run went pretty much as we expected. All along we didn't expect to qualify well for this race, but the Klein Tools/Jim Beam car is good in race trim. We've worked on our race setup during all of the practice sessions, so hopefully it will pay off tomorrow."

Barry Green, Andretti Green Racing Consultant

"Even though we would want to start closer to the front, starting position isn't as important at Michigan. We will spend a lot of time running in traffic tomorrow, so that is what we worked on during practice. We think we have a pretty good car and we should be able to run well in the race."

-AGR-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Helio Castroneves , Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Bryan Herta , Dan Wheldon , Barry Green , Chip Ganassi , Jim Beam
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing