IRL: Milwaukee: Dan Wheldon preview

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Who: #26 Klein Tools/Jim Beam Dallara/Honda/Firestone driver Dan Wheldon
What: ABC Supply Co./A.J. Foyt 225, Round 10 of the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series
Where: The Milwaukee Mile, West Allis, Wis.
When: Sunday, July 24, 2005
Television: ESPN (Live), 2:30 p.m. (EDT)

Dan Wheldon on the ABC Supply Co./A.J. Foyt 225: "This is getting to be a very difficult part of the season for everybody and the main goal is to keep scoring points at each race, and I think the Klein Tools/Jim Beam team did a good job of that up until Nashville. The race at Milwaukee was very difficult for us last year and I'm expecting it to be somewhat difficult this year. But, with the help of my teammates and the engineering staff, I think we'll have a good chance of winning this year."

Dan Wheldon Facts -- Wheldon has won four of the nine races in 2005 and leads the IndyCar Series championship standings by 73 points over teammate Tony Kanaan. 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. His first DNF came last weekend at Nashville and ended a streak of 15-consecutive top-10 finishes. Wheldon's seven career wins have come in the last 23 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 414 laps in 2005. He is currently 10th on the all-time list for laps led with 880. In 2004, Wheldon finished 18th in Milwaukee due to a mechanical failure. 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 ABC Supply Co./A.J. Foyt 225: "Milwaukee is a handling track that looks the same at both ends, but it's not. It's a bit like Phoenix where you'll get the car to work at one end, but it won't work at the other. But, when you strike it right, and you've got a good setup, it's a great feeling. The thing that impresses me about Dan is that he's able to recognize where he went wrong and he addresses it. He's a thinker on the track and I expect him to be challenging for the win."


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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tony Kanaan , Dan Wheldon , John Anderson , A.J. Foyt , Jim Beam , Sam Hornish Jr.