IRL: Richmond: Dan Wheldon preview

Dan Wheldon on the SunTrust Indy Challenge: "Richmond is a very difficult track and a very intense race. It is the most physically demanding oval and the most mentally demanding oval, other than Indianapolis. There is a lot going on so...

Dan Wheldon on the SunTrust Indy Challenge:
"Richmond is a very difficult track and a very intense race. It is the most physically demanding oval and the most mentally demanding oval, other than Indianapolis. There is a lot going on so you need to make sure you stay out of trouble because it is so close and you spend a lot of time running side by side. You need a car that handles very well on full tanks and doesn't deteriorate as the fuel burns off. Hopefully, the Klein Tools/Jim Beam team will be up to the task so we can be in a position to defend our title there."

Dan Wheldon Facts

Wheldon has won four of the six IndyCar Series races in 2005, the best start in history.

Wheldon is the only 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 20 IndyCar Series events, which is by far the best stretch in series history. The next closest stretch was by Sam Hornish Jr. who won seven races in a 27-event stretch.

Wheldon is the defending winner of the SunTrust Indy Challenge.

Wheldon leads the IndyCar Series championship standings by 65 points over teammate Tony Kanaan.

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.

He is the only driver to lead every race in 2005 and has led laps in 10-consecutive races, the second- best streak in IndyCar Series history. Wheldon is currently 10th on the all-time list for laps led.

Wheldon's first three IndyCar Series victories came in 2004 at Motegi, Richmond and Nazareth.

John Anderson, Team Manager, #26 Klein Tools/Jim Beam Dallara/Honda/Firestone on the SunTrust Indy Challenge:
"With the season that Dan has going this year and being the defending champion, I have no doubt that the Klein Tools/Jim Beam team will be running at the front in Richmond. He's obviously disappointed with the result at Texas, but we know what we need to improve, and I think he'll be leading from the start."

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