IRL: Milwaukee: AGR, Wheldon qualifying report

WEST ALLIS, Wis. (July 24, 2004) - Klein Tools/Jim Beam driver Dan Wheldon is hoping tomorrow's race at The Milwaukee Mile delivers a repeat of the kind of magic that led him to his second career victory June 26 at Richmond International ...

WEST ALLIS, Wis. (July 24, 2004) - Klein Tools/Jim Beam driver Dan Wheldon is hoping tomorrow's race at The Milwaukee Mile delivers a repeat of the kind of magic that led him to his second career victory June 26 at Richmond International Raceway.

Wheldon, who wheels the #26 Klein Tools/Jim Beam Dallara/Honda/Firestone, recorded a speed of 164.068 miles per hour (22.2712 seconds) during qualifying today at Milwaukee to secure the 17th starting position for Sunday's running of the Menards A.J. Foyt Indy 225. At Richmond, Wheldon qualified 20th before going on to stun the field the next night with a victory.

Wheldon is looking to maintain his position in the fight for the 2004 Indy Racing League® IndyCar® Series championship as he heads into tomorrow ranked second in the point standings. Wheldon trails Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan by 61 points and leads third-place Buddy Rice by 11.

Vitor Meira won the pole for tomorrow's race with a speed of 169.338 miles per hour (21.5781 seconds). Meira will start alongside Kanaan, who registered a speed of 168.597 miles per hour (21.6730 seconds). Rice qualified third (168.272 miles per hour) and was followed by Sam Hornish Jr. (168.258 miles per hour) and Helio Castroneves (168.093 miles per hour).

Sunday's race, which is Round 9 of the 16-race schedule, is set to go green at 3:45 p.m. (EDT) and airs live on ABC with coverage beginning at 3:30 p.m. (EDT).

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

"The Klein Tools/Jim Beam car was just very loose. We've been loose here all weekend, so we're still struggling with the same thing. But, we'll all put our heads together and see what we can come up with for tomorrow."

Eddie Jones, Race Engineer, #26 Klein Tools/Jim Beam Dallara/Honda/Firestone:

"We just need to make sure we come up with a good race car for tomorrow. On these short ovals, if your car is working well in the race you can often make things happen. We came from the back at Richmond and won it, so we'll have to come up with that kind of effort tomorrow."

-agr-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Tony Kanaan , Dan Wheldon , A.J. Foyt , Jim Beam , Sam Hornis , Vitor Meira