IRL: Michigan: Dan Wheldon preview

Dan Wheldon on the Firestone Indy 400: "Michigan is always a very close race and one that always ends with a close finish, so you have to make sure you're in the right place at the end of the race. After the Kansas race, I'm not sure...

Dan Wheldon on the Firestone Indy 400:
"Michigan is always a very close race and one that always ends with a close finish, so you have to make sure you're in the right place at the end of the race. After the Kansas race, I'm not sure that would be the low line, it might be the high line. Whatever the circumstances, I'm sure the Klein Tools/Jim Beam team will feature strongly. It's been six races since we've been in victory lane so it will be our intent to get back there in Michigan."

Dan Wheldon Facts

* Wheldon has won four of the 10 races in 2005 and leads the IndyCar Series championship standings by 68 points over Sam Hornish Jr. and AGR teammate Dario Franchitti.

* 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 have come in the last 24 events, 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.

* 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 472 laps in 2005. He is currently 10th on the all-time list for laps led with 938.

* This will be Wheldon's third trip to Michigan in an IndyCar. His best finish was third in 2004.

* 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 Firestone Indy 400:
"All of us want to win races, particularly Dan. At this stage in the season, there is some very healthy competition within the team, and not just the drivers. The Klein Tools/Jim Beam team was not happy with a fifth-place finish in Milwaukee, but the championship is where our focus is. We want to be out there winning, but we have to be very careful at this stage because we don't want to be too conservative. Michigan, like all the superspeedways, is a lot like a lottery. You've got to be there to go for it at the finish."

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