England's 22-year old Dan Wheldon makes his debut in the CART Dayton Indy Lights Championship this weekend when he races for the first time in the single-seater series which is just one step below his 'goal drive' in the CART FedEx Champ Car ...
England's 22-year old Dan Wheldon makes his debut in the CART Dayton Indy Lights Championship this weekend when he races for the first time in the single-seater series which is just one step below his 'goal drive' in the CART FedEx Champ Car series.
Wheldon will be racing this weekend on the brand new Fundidora Park circuit at Monterrey in Mexico in an Indy Lights Lola entered by Indianapolis-based PacWest Racing -- the team which won last year's series with Scott Dixon who has now been promoted to PacWest's Champ Car team.
Wheldon's career to date has been impressive. Having been a dominant force in karting for many years, Dan quickly made an impact in single-seater racing in Formula Vauxhall Junior and by 1998 was racing against -- and often beating! -- Jenson Button in Formula Ford.
In 1999 Dan Wheldon made a bold career move to the United States and quickly mastered US-style oval racing. He immediately became 'the man to beat' in the US FF2000 Championship -- winning the series outright and taking the 'Rookie of the Year' title.
As a result, Wheldon was signed by the PPI Motorsports team to progress into their CART Toyota Atlantic team last season. He repaid their faith in him by winning two races, being 'Rookie of the Year' -- again -- and taking a strong second place in this prestigious series.
Dan Wheldon's performances in Toyota Atlantic brought him to the attention of PacWest Racing who signed him late last year to head their defence of the CART Dayton Indy Lights Championship.
Success in Indy Lights this year should enable Wheldon to move up into Champ Cars next year . . .