WHELDON FINISHES FIFTH AT MILWUAKEE IN KLEIN TOOLS/JIM BEAM CAR WEST ALLIS, Wis. (July 24, 2005) - Dan Wheldon, driver of the ...
WHELDON FINISHES FIFTH AT MILWUAKEE IN KLEIN TOOLS/JIM BEAM CAR
WEST ALLIS, Wis. (July 24, 2005) - Dan Wheldon, driver of the #26 Klein Tools/Jim Beam car, maintained his sizeable lead in the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series championship by driving to a fifth- place finish at The Milwaukee Mile on Sunday. With the top-five result, Wheldon holds a 68-point lead with seven races remaining on the IndyCar Series schedule.
Wheldon had a strong car from the beginning of the race and settled into a groove over the first 50 laps before a yellow flag brought the cars to crawl. During his first pit stop, on lap 60, the Klein Tools/Jim Beam crew gained him one spot and sent him back to the race in second place.
Just after the midway point of the race, Sam Hornish Jr. got loose and Wheldon went around for his first lead of the 225-lap event. On his second pit stop, with less than 100 laps to the finish, Wheldon came in for four tires and fuel. Despite the fuel nozzle getting stuck, the Klein Tools/Jim Beam crew sent Wheldon back to the track in third place behind two cars that chose not to pit. Over the remaining 50-plus laps, Wheldon pursued his fifth win of 2005 before settling for his seventh top-five finish of the year.
Hornish went on to win his second race of the season. He was followed across the line by Wheldon's AGR teammates Dario Franchitti in second and Tony Kanaan in fourth. Tomas Scheckter finished third.
The IndyCar Series schedule continues Sunday, July 31, from Michigan International Speedway. ABC Sports will provide live coverage of the 200-lap Firestone Indy 400 beginning at 3 p.m. (EDT).
Dan Wheldon, #26 Klein Tools/Jim Beam Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "I feel like the Klein Tools/Jim Beam car was a first-place car today. I'm not blaming anybody, but it's difficult to overtake fast cars. It was so tough to pass out there today, that's why decisions are so important. The car was very good and we led a lot of laps today and I feel like we could have given Sam a run for his money. The team has done a very, very good job for me. I'm a competitive person."
John Anderson, Team Manager, #26 Klein Tools/Jim Beam Dallara/Honda/Firestone: "We didn't have a bad day today, but we had very high expectations because mid-race, we were looking very good. We seemed to fade in the end there, so we're a little disappointed in how we finished up. However, looking on the positive side, we scored good points. We certainly like being on the podium and we're thirsty to get back there at Michigan."