England's Dan Wheldon is looking to get things turned around this weekend in the Honda Indy 225 at Pikes Peak International Raceway (PPIR) in Colorado after suffering disappointment in the last two Indy Racing League (IRL) IndyCar Series ...
England's Dan Wheldon is looking to get things turned around this weekend in the Honda Indy 225 at Pikes Peak International Raceway (PPIR) in Colorado after suffering disappointment in the last two Indy Racing League (IRL) IndyCar Series races.
After a seventh place finish in Motegi, Japan on 13 April, the 24-year old -- from Emberton in Buckinghamshire -- has run competitively, but failed to finish, in his last two starts and is looking to get back in a groove heading into a stretch of Summer races.
With the competition so close in the IRL's IndyCar Series, an extra importance has been put on qualifying. With all of the cars running so closetogether, any advantage in track position is a premium the team will take.
Rookie Wheldon tested at PPIR in mid-May, logging Andretti Green Racing's first laps around the one-mile oval. The Klein Tools / Jim Beam team was able to collect much data and, while Wheldon learned a lot, he knows he will have his work cut out for him this weekend.
'It has been disappointingthe last couple of races,' said Wheldon. 'I'm looking forward to having a strong weekend where we can qualify well, run up front and not get involved in all the trouble that goes on when you qualify in the middle of the field. Our test went well at Pikes Peak and the Klein Tools / Jim Beam crew will stand me in good stead for a good result.'
Though the team is disappointed in its last two finishes, Team Manager, Tony Cot m an, is confident things will get turned around. 'Dan is doing a great job for us,' said Cotman. 'Even though he is a rookie, he has provided great feedback for the engineers andhe is working well with his team-mates. Right now we have hit a stretch of bad luck that we need to turn around and I'm sure we can get back on track this weekend.'
Qualifying for the Honda Indy 225 will take place on Saturday at 5:45 pm (EDT). The race is set for Sunday afternoon at 4pm (EDT) and will be broadcast live on ABC.