IRL: Michigan: AGR/Wheldon race report

Bad luck finds Wheldon in Michigan Brooklyn, Mich. (July 27, 2003) -- Rookie Dan Wheldon had a dose of bad luck hit him at Michigan International Speedway after just 19 laps during Sunday's running of the Firestone Indy 400. Wheldon completed...

Bad luck finds Wheldon in Michigan

Brooklyn, Mich. (July 27, 2003) -- Rookie Dan Wheldon had a dose of bad luck hit him at Michigan International Speedway after just 19 laps during Sunday's running of the Firestone Indy 400.

Wheldon completed the first 38 miles in the #26 Klein Tools/Jim Beam Dallara/Honda/Firestone, but then lost power. Wheldon, who started 13th, ran in the top-10 until the problem forced him to retire from the race early.

Starting 13th has proven to be very unlucky for Wheldon. He has started 13th four times this year (Texas, Pikes Peak, Kansas and Michigan) and has failed to finish the race each time, finishing no higher than 19th.

Alex Barron won a thrilling race in the fourth closest finish in Indy Racing League history. Barron beat Sam Hornish by .0121 seconds in a side-by-side finish. Tomas Scheckter finished third, just half-a second back. Wheldon's teammates also ran into problems on Sunday. Tony Kanaan finished 16th and lost his points lead to Scott Dixon. Dixon leads Kanaan by a single point as the season heads for the home stretch. Bryan Herta finished 19th with an electrical problem.

Wheldon will now head to Gateway International Raceway for the Emerson Indy 250 on August 10. . Dan Wheldon, #26 Klein Tools/Jim Beam

"I was shifting into second gear after I left the pits and the throttle stuck wide open and I had to ride the brakes to slow the car down on the yellow. The Klein Tools/Jim Beam crew did a good job for me today. I'm just sorry we couldn't have run more. I think we were in a strong position today and we we're just seeing how the race would unfold."

Barry Green, Andretti Green Racing Consultant

"I really feel for Dan. He did a super job at the start of the race. He was very patient and the worked his way up through the field. It is really a shame because he had a really good car and we could have had a good finish."

-AGR-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Scott Dixon , Tony Kanaan , Bryan Herta , Alex Barron , Dan Wheldon , Barry Green , Jim Beam , Sam Hornis