IRL: Wheldon helps make race fan's dream

WHELDON HELPS MAKE RACE FAN'S DREAM COME TRUE INDIANAPOLIS, April 12, 2005 -- IRL IndyCar® Series standout Dan Wheldon plays a role in a race fan from Kentucky's life-changing experience during the April 14 episode of ABC's "Extreme ...

WHELDON HELPS MAKE RACE FAN'S DREAM COME TRUE

INDIANAPOLIS, April 12, 2005 -- IRL IndyCar® Series standout Dan Wheldon plays a role in a race fan from Kentucky's life-changing experience during the April 14 episode of ABC's "Extreme Makeover."

Wheldon, driver of the No. 26 Klein Tools/Jim Beam Dallara/Honda/Firestone fielded by Andretti Green Racing, is the first professional athlete to make a guest appearance on the popular ABC series, where people change their looks in an effort to transform their lives and to make their dreams come true.

Wheldon appears in the segment featuring Nathaniel Chalk, a 29-year old quality assurance worker from Florence, Ky. Wheldon introduces Chalk's new look and offers him a sweet surprise during his reveal at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum in Indianapolis.

The makeovers are accomplished through the skills of an "Extreme Team," including plastic surgeons, cosmetic dentists, and a team of hair and makeup artists, stylists and personal trainers.

In addition, participants recuperate at the "Makeover Mansion," the new, luxurious mansion tucked away in the Hollywood Hills, Calif., complete with stunning views, a swimming pool, a fully equipped home gym and big screen televisions.

Chalk is the first person in his family to graduate from college, but according to Chalk, has been rejected for decent jobs because of his appearance. As a former psychology major, he's frustrated that he's been unable to fully utilize his intelligence, working instead on assembly lines and at gas stations. An avid auto racing fan, he fantasizes of being a winner, especially at the Indianapolis 500. But his ultimate dream is to get married and have a family.

"It's amazing what those people can do," Wheldon said. "I had a lot of fun with everyone associated with "Extreme Makeover" and was really amazed by the whole process that they put Nate through. I think it was a daunting and nerve-racking experience for him, but the one thing you can count on with "Extreme Makeover" is the doctors and surgeons who are doing the procedures are first class. I was very, very surprised how Nate looked after seeing him the first time."

Extreme Makeover featuring Nathaniel Chalk and Dan Wheldon will air at 9 p.m. (EDT) on April 14 on ABC.

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The 10th season of IndyCar Series competition continues with the Indy Japan 300 on April 30 at Twin Ring Motegi. The race will be telecast by ESPN at Noon (EDT) on April 30 and broadcast by the IMS Radio Network at 11:30 p.m. (EDT) on April 29. The IMS Radio Network broadcast also will be available on XM Satellite Radio channel 152 "XM Extreme." The next Menards Infiniti Pro Series race is the Futaba Freedom 100 on May 27 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The race will be telecast on ESPN2 at 2 p.m. (EDT) on May 27.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Dan Wheldon , Jim Beam