Wheldon hope for Portland Birthday gift

Skip Barber trained Daniel Wheldon celebrates his 23rd birthday today as he practices for the fifth round of the 2001 Dayton Indy Lights Series. While he leads the Rookie of the Year standings, Wheldon is hoping that a little birthday luck will...

Skip Barber trained Daniel Wheldon celebrates his 23rd birthday today as he practices for the fifth round of the 2001 Dayton Indy Lights Series. While he leads the Rookie of the Year standings, Wheldon is hoping that a little birthday luck will land him atop the podium for the first time in his Lights career. Thus far, he's scored a second place at Long Beach and a third place at Milwaukee.

To reach victory lane, he'll have to unseat another Skip Barber graduate, points leader Townsend Bell. That will be a feat in itself following Bell's masterful victory in Milwaukee. In preparation, Wheldon has logged over 200 miles in testing since the Milwaukee round. The results have left him encouraged.

"Overall I am pleased with the testing we've been doing since Milwaukee. We were quickest at Mid-Ohio, and really worked on refining our road course set-up today," said Wheldon. "This is the time in the season where we need to start winning races, and today's results put us on the right path to do just that. I'm looking forward to going to Portland. I'm hungry for a victory."

Last year, Wheldon finished second overall in the CART Toyota Atlantic Series.

-George Tamayo

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Townsend Bell , Skip Barber