IRL: Texas: AGR, Dan Wheldon Friday report

Ft. Worth , Texas (June 11, 2004) - Klein Tools/Jim Beam driver Dan Wheldon made his final preparations today before tomorrow night's Indy Racing League® IndyCar® Series Bombardier 500k at Texas Motor Speedway, posting the 18th fastest time ...

Ft. Worth , Texas (June 11, 2004) - Klein Tools/Jim Beam driver Dan Wheldon made his final preparations today before tomorrow night's Indy Racing League® IndyCar® Series Bombardier 500k at Texas Motor Speedway, posting the 18th fastest time during the final practice session.

Wheldon recorded a best lap of 207.342 miles per hour during the final practice session while running in a large pack of cars that will mirror the race conditions he will experience tomorrow. The Klein Tools/Jim Beam team will look through the data tonight to find the additional speed they feel they need to continue their league leading streak of seven top-five finishes in a row.

Sam Hornish led today's final practice with a speed of 211.331 miles per hour. Wheldon's Andretti Green Racing teammates, XM Satellite Radio driver Bryan Herta and Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan, were second and third, respectively.

The Bombardier 500k, Round 5 of the IndyCar Series schedule, will start Saturday at 8 p.m. (EDT). The 200-lap event will air live on ESPN.

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

"The Klein Tools/Jim Beam car was very comfortable, but that isn't always a good thing. We are significantly off the pace and we are looking into why. I think Eddie (Jones, race engineer) and the rest of the AGR engineering staff will have some good ideas to get us the speed we need for tomorrow."

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

"Right now we are disappointed and pretty slow. We have a little bit of time before the race and we are going to have to figure something out tonight. We need to come up with a few changes to find some speed for the Klein Tools/Jim Beam car. Right now we are just a little behind the game."

-AGR-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Tony Kanaan , Bryan Herta , Dan Wheldon , Jim Beam , Sam Hornis