IRL: Wheldon to compete in ROC

Wheldon To Compete In Race Of Champions-Nations Cup In Paris DENVER (November 8, 2005) - Dan Wheldon, the 2005 Indy Racing League (IRL) IndyCar Series Championship and 2005 Indianapolis 500 winner for Andretti Green Racing, will compete in the...

Wheldon To Compete In Race Of Champions-Nations Cup In Paris

DENVER (November 8, 2005) - Dan Wheldon, the 2005 Indy Racing League (IRL) IndyCar Series Championship and 2005 Indianapolis 500 winner for Andretti Green Racing, will compete in the 2005 Race of Champions-Nations Cup at the Stade de France in Paris on December 3.

The Race of Champions pits the best circuit racers against the best off-road drivers in the world. Using identical equipment and racing on the same track, sixteen drivers will compete in a series of head-to-head knockout heats in their own division (rally and racing) to determine a class champion. The two class champions will then go head-to-head in a final shootout with the winner claiming the title of ?The Champion of Champions.?

"This is a proud moment for me to receive an invitation to the Race of Champions in Paris," said Wheldon. "This is such a unique event and I hear the atmosphere at the Stade de France is electric. It will be an honor to race with some of the most respected names in motorsport and I'm excited for the opportunity to represent England."

Drivers slated to participate in the 2005 Race of Champions include, four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon, ChampCar World Series champion Sebastien Bourdais, Formula 1 stars David Coulthard and Felipe Massa, World Rally legend Colin McRae, two-time World Rally champion Sebastien Loeb, and 2004 Race of Champions winner Heikki Kovalinen,

After a runner-up finish in the 2004 IRL Championship, in which he posted three race wins and 12 Top 4 finishes, Wheldon recorded one of the most dominating seasons in American open-wheel racing history this year. He became the first Englishman to win the Indy 500 since the late Graham Hill in 1966; the first driver to win both the Indy 500 and a major Driver?s Championship since Jacques Villeneuve in 1995; and the first driver in IRL history to win both the Indy 500 and the IRL Driver?s Championship.

In 2005, Wheldon won four of the first five races of the season for the first time in IRL history. Overall, he captured six wins in 17 races, breaking Sam Hornish, Jr.?s IRL record for most wins in a season, and recorded 12 Top 5 finishes and 15 Top 10 finishes. Wheldon also set IRL records for races led (15), total points (628) and earnings ($2,711,005). In less than three seasons in the IRL, Wheldon is already tied for second place all-time in career wins with nine; having accomplished this in only 49 career starts.

For more information on the 2005 Race of Champions-Nations Cup, please visit www.raceofchampions.com.

-danwheldon.com

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jeff Gordon , David Coulthard , Jacques Villeneuve , Dan Wheldon , Felipe Massa , Colin McRae , Sébastien Bourdais , Sam Hornis