IRL: St. Louis: Dan Wheldon race comments

Dan Wheldon : Another top-five result for Wheldon Wheldon --from Emberton in Buckinghamshire -- started the race from the outside of the sixth row in the Klein Tools / Jim Beam Dallara / Honda / Firestone and slowly worked his way into the ...

Dan Wheldon : Another top-five result for Wheldon

Wheldon --from Emberton in Buckinghamshire -- started the race from the outside of the sixth row in the Klein Tools / Jim Beam Dallara / Honda / Firestone and slowly worked his way into the top-ten.

The English driver entered the pits in ninth on his second stop and the Klein Tools / Jim Beam crew put on an outstanding performance to get him out of the pits in sixth.

The team claimed another spot on theirthird and final pit stop and Wheldon sailed home to a fifth-place finish.

Double Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves claimed his first victory of the year ahead of Wheldon's team-mate Tony Kanaan. Kanaan's second place finish moves him back atop the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series point standings, seven points ahead of yesterday's third place finisher, Gil de Ferran -- winner of this year's Indy 500. One place behind Dan Wheldon, in sixth, was SamHornish Jr -- the winner of the Indy Racing League for the last two years. Wheldon's other team-mate, Bryan Herta, was involved in a pit lane accident on lap 40 and was classified 21st.

The IRL IndyCar Series moves to Kentucky Speedway next weekend for the Belterra Casino Indy 300, round 12 of the 2003 championship. Dan Wheldon topped the testing time sheets for the week at Kentucky Speedway as part of an Indy Racing League (IRL) Open Test, back in June . . .

After his second top-five finish of the season, Dan Wheldon commented: 'Tony Cot m an (team manager) did a great job with the strategy today. He is unbelievable and that made my day easier because I always seemed to be in clean air. We had a good balance for the car in the race and the Klein Tools / Jim Beam crew did an excellent job on the pit stops today.'

Tony Cotman, Team Manager, KleinTools / Jim Beam, said:'I'm pretty happy for Dan because this team needed a good finish. It was a great experience for him on a short track because we have struggled a little bit. I'm really happy with the job the guys did in the pits today, and that is key because we took some chances and that made up a lot of ground for us on the track.'

-www.danwheldon.com

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Gil de Ferran , Tony Kanaan , Bryan Herta , Dan Wheldon , Jim Beam