IRL: Milwaukee: AGR, Wheldon race report

Broken Driveshaft Ends Day Early For Klein Tools/Jim Beam Entry WEST ALLIS, Wis. (July 25, 2004) - Klein Tools/Jim Beam driver Dan Wheldon worked his way into the top 10 Sunday before a broken driveshaft ended his day and left him with an...

Broken Driveshaft Ends Day Early For Klein Tools/Jim Beam Entry

WEST ALLIS, Wis. (July 25, 2004) - Klein Tools/Jim Beam driver Dan Wheldon worked his way into the top 10 Sunday before a broken driveshaft ended his day and left him with an 18th place finish in the Menards A.J. Foyt Indy 225 at The Milwaukee Mile.

Wheldon, who started 22nd Sunday following a race morning engine change, gained seven positions by the time the first caution period arrived on lap 39. Wheldon came to the attention of his Klein Tools/Jim Beam crew on lap 42, which serviced the #26 machine and gained him four additional spots for the restart on lap 45.

From there, Wheldon went to work on moving up through the top 10, but found the going tough. He managed to work his way to ninth over the next 100 laps and then came back to the pit lane on lap 147 following the fourth of five caution flags that flew over the event. However, as he prepared the leave the pit box, misfortune struck in the form of a broken driveshaft that ended his day and left him with just his third finish outside the top 10 this season.

Wheldon's Andretti Green Racing teammate, ArcaEx driver Dario Franchitti, scored his first career Indy Racing League IndyCar® Series victory at Milwaukee, outrunning Buddy Rice for the win. Sam Hornish Jr. was third, followed by Team 7- Eleven driver Tony Kanaan in fourth and Vitor Meira in fifth.

The IndyCar Series continues next Sunday at Michigan International Speedway with Round 10 of the 2004 IndyCar Series schedule.

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

"It's a shame because the car was certainly better than it was in qualifying and we were just slowly working our way through the field. The Klein Tools/Jim Beam crew worked really hard on this race and it's just a disappointing way to end. We'll look forward to Michigan. The Honda engines are very strong and the team will give us a great car there, so we're looking forward to it."

Tony Cotman, Team Manager, #26 Klein Tools/Jim Beam Dallara/Honda/Firestone:

"Quite honestly, it was just a lousy day for us and we paid the price for it. Dan did a good job of making the most out of what he had and I did think our pit stops were very good. But, other than that things just weren't very good all day and then we broke a driveshaft. I'm glad the day is behind us."

-AGR-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Dario Franchitti , Tony Kanaan , Dan Wheldon , Buddy Rice , A.J. Foyt , Jim Beam , Sam Hornish Jr. , Vitor Meira