IRL: Texas: AGR, Dan Wheldon race report

Klein Tools/Jim Beam Driver Dan Wheldon 13th at Texas Ft. Worth, Texas (June 12, 2004) - An electrical problem on the Klein Tools/Jim Beam car forced driver Dan Wheldon to retire 10 laps from the finish in tonight's Indy Racing League® ...

Klein Tools/Jim Beam Driver Dan Wheldon 13th at Texas

Ft. Worth, Texas (June 12, 2004) - An electrical problem on the Klein Tools/Jim Beam car forced driver Dan Wheldon to retire 10 laps from the finish in tonight's Indy Racing League® IndyCar® Series Bombardier 500k at Texas Motor Speedway.

By not pitting during the final caution of the event, Wheldon led from lap 182 to lap 187.  He then dropped through the field as the electrical problem developed for the final time and forced him to pull off of the track.  Though the 2003 IndyCar Series Rookie-of-the- Year finished outside of the top-10 for the first time in 10 races, he only fell one spot in the championship point standings.  Wheldon held a one-point advantage over his teammate, Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan, coming into the event, but fell to second in the standings after Kanaan took the checkers.

Kanaan's second victory of the year was the third of 2004 for Andretti Green Racing and was also the second "one-two" finish by AGR in three races as Dario Franchitti finished second in the ArcaEx car.  Alex Barron finished third.  Kanaan now leads Wheldon by 35 points in the series standings.  Helio Castroneves is third in the championship 64 points behind Kanaan.

The IndyCar Series moves to the three-quarter mile Richmond International Raceway June 26 for Round 6 of the 16 race schedule.

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

"It was a heck of a result for Andretti Green to have a 'one-two' finish, so I'm very happy from that standpoint.  It was tough weekend for the Klein Tools/Jim Beam crew and that's what makes champions; getting through the tough times like these with as many points as you can."

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

"Quite honestly we never had a good enough car to be competitive in the race, which is extremely disappointing.  I'm very happy for our teammates finishing 'one-two;' that's very good for AGR.  We tried a lot of things to get the Klein Tools/Jim Beam car up to the front, but we had some electrical problems that finally ended our day early.  Dan drove well especially considering the car we gave him."

-agr-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Dario Franchitti , Tony Kanaan , Alex Barron , Dan Wheldon , Jim Beam