IRL: Texas II: Dan Wheldon Saturday report

Dan Wheldon has a major challenge ahead of him today when he starts the final round of this year's Indy Racing League (IRL) series at Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, Texas from the back row of the grid. The 24-year old Briton damaged his No 15...

Dan Wheldon has a major challenge ahead of him today when he starts the final round of this year's Indy Racing League (IRL) series at Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, Texas from the back row of the grid.

The 24-year old Briton damaged his No 15 Pennzoil Panther Racing Dallara Chevrolet Firestone in the second practice session on Friday and -- because it was not possible to repair the car in time -- Wheldon was consequently unable to take part in the final practice session and yesterday's qualifying session.

Wheldon is being allowed to start the race from 28</FONT><SUP>th</FONT></SUP> and last position. The prospect of being able to make up places from the start of the race is challenging for Dan Wheldon who became the first English driver to compete in the Indy Racing League last Sunday when he finished less than a second behind the winner, Sam Hornish Jr. Hornish is Wheldon's team-mate who is hoping to win the Indy Racing League series for the second consecutive year today.

Dan Wheldon moved to the USA in 1999 after a highly successful early career in karts -- often beating Jenson Button and Anthony Davidson -- and the junior single-seater formulae. In 1999 he won the US F2000 title. He then finished runner-up in the standings in CART Toyota Atlantic in 2000 and the CART Dayton Indy Lights series last year. He was named Rookie of the Year in all three series.

The race will be shown live in the UK at 8pm tonight on the Sky Sports 3 channel.

-dwm-

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jenson Button , Anthony Davidson , Dan Wheldon , Sam Hornish Jr.
Teams Panther Racing