BUSY WHELDON CRISS-CROSSES U.S. ON INDIANAPOLIS 500 VICTORY TOUR INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, June 2, 2005 -- To the victor goes the spoils -- and the frequent-flier miles. 89th Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon has been on the go constantly this...
BUSY WHELDON CRISS-CROSSES U.S. ON INDIANAPOLIS 500 VICTORY TOUR
INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, June 2, 2005 -- To the victor goes the spoils -- and the frequent-flier miles.
89th Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon has been on the go constantly this week during the Indianapolis 500 Victory Tour, which has taken him to Indianapolis, New York and other major markets around the United States.
Wheldon, from Emberton, England, earned his first career Indianapolis 500 victory Sunday, May 29 in a stirring race. He passed rookie sensation Danica Patrick on Lap 194 of the 200-lap race to take the lead for good in the No. 26 Klein Tools/Jim Beam Dallara/Honda/Firestone.
Busy activity started for Wheldon almost immediately after taking the checkered flag. He completed countless media interviews well into the evening of Race Day, even returning to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Media Center approximately six hours after his victory for a phone interview.
Wheldon then took part in the traditional winner's photo shoot on the Yard of Bricks at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Monday morning, May 30 and collected his winner's check of $1,537,805 at the Victory Celebration that evening.
The frequent-flier miles started to pile up for Wheldon on Tuesday, May 31. He flew to New York for media interviews, a photo op in a Jim Beam two-seat race car on the streets of the city and a media luncheon.
He then flew that afternoon to Connecticut for interviews with ESPN "SportsCenter," ESPN News and ESPN Radio.
On Wednesday, June 1, Wheldon was a guest for a taped segment of popular morning talk show "Live with Regis & Kelly" that will air Friday, June 3. Guest appearances on "CNN American Morning" and "CNN International World Sports" -- plus throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at Shea Stadium before the New York Mets-Arizona Diamondbacks' baseball game -- followed.
Wheldon flew to Richmond, Va., and Kansas City, Mo., on Thursday, June 2 for media interviews to promote the upcoming IndyCar Series events this summer in those markets.
"It's been great," IndyCar Series points leader Wheldon said of the Victory Tour. "The reception we've been getting everywhere has been phenomenal."
His Victory Tour ends Friday, June 3 with a traditional end-of-tour stop in Dallas-Fort Worth for a host of media appearances. The Bombardier Learjet 500k at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth is the next IndyCar Series event on the schedule, Saturday night, June 11.
The 90th Indianapolis 500 is scheduled for Sunday, May 28, 2006. Fans are encouraged to submit their ticket renewals, upgrades and orders for the race to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as soon as possible. The most convenient, fastest method is online at www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com.
The deadline for renewals, which give fans the opportunity to guarantee the same seating assignment, is Monday, June 13. Existing ticket customers who renew their seats online before June 13 will receive a free collector's edition DVD of highlights from the 89th Indianapolis 500, including the dramatic late-race duel between Wheldon and Patrick.