A fast lap with Dan Wheldon at Gateway

"When you take the green flag, as this point it is a good time to check your lap time and your gauges and to prepare for turn one. Going into turn one, you need to use as much track as you possibly can, as it is one of the hardest corners of any...

"When you take the green flag, as this point it is a good time to check your lap time and your gauges and to prepare for turn one. Going into turn one, you need to use as much track as you possibly can, as it is one of the hardest corners of any oval I have been to, because it is important to get through this corner flat out. To do this, you need to turn in as gently as you possible can so that in between corners one and two when the car compresses, the car is as stable as it possibly can be.

On the exit of this corner, it is important to use as much of the track as you possibly can, without getting to close to the wall, because it can be a little dusty.

Once you have exited this corner you can check your latched minimum speed and your latched exit speed as this is crucial for a good lap time.

Corners three and four are very similar to those of Phoenix International Raceway, the only difference being that on the entrance to turn three here, there is a bump that can unstable the car if you are on the wrong racing line.

From the middle to the exit of this corner, the rest is relatively simple; you just have to be very, very focused. On the exit of four however, you do not need to use all of the circuit, you can allow yourself a couple of car widths.

Again, as you straighten the car up though, it is a good time to check you latched minimum speed and you latched exit speed, to make sure you're on course for a pole position time."

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Dan Wheldon