Mid-Ohio: Panther Racing Friday report

Wheldon Finishes Panther's First Day at Mid-Ohio 10th on Speed Chart National Guard Team Benefits from Test Session Last Week at Ohio Road Course LEXINGTON, Ohio (August 6, 2010) -- The National Guard Panther Racing team and driver Dan ...

Wheldon Finishes Panther's First Day at Mid-Ohio 10th on Speed Chart

National Guard Team Benefits from Test Session Last Week at Ohio Road Course

LEXINGTON, Ohio (August 6, 2010) -- The National Guard Panther Racing team and driver Dan Wheldon finished tenth overall today at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in the first day of practice for this weekend's IZOD IndyCar Series Honda Indy 200.

Wheldon posted a top lap speed of 118.405 mph, 1:08.405 seconds, and was on pace for a lap that would have placed the team inside the top five on the speed chart before two local yellow flags on the final lap caused him to lose time. The team will have one more practice session in the morning before all IndyCar Series competitors will qualify in the afternoon.

Today's practice was paced by Ohio resident Graham Rahal, who was followed on the speed chart by Team Penske teammates Will Power and Helio Castroneves.

Both Panther and Wheldon have collected one Top Ten finish apiece at Mid-Ohio and the tandem finished 16th together here last season. Panther's best finish at the track came with Vitor Meira in 2008, when the Brazilian driver finished in sixth position. Wheldon took home a tenth-place result in 2007 while driving for Chip Ganassi Racing.

Dan Wheldon, No. 4 National Guard:

"The entire team worked really hard after the test here and definitely from the start we felt the car was better. There's one specific thing the car was doing today that we weren't able to fix on pit lane, but we have some stuff in mind for tomorrow, because we know we're losing a least three-tenths (of a second) because of that and the National Guard Panther guys are confident they can fix that. That will help us. The times are really close out there but it's fun to drive when it's that competitive and I'm certainly enjoying it."

-source: panther racing

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Graham Rahal , Dan Wheldon , Chip Ganassi , Will Power , Vitor Meira
Teams Panther Racing , Team Penske , Chip Ganassi Racing