Wheldon's challenging season starts at Monterrey

Dan Wheldon faces a challenge later today when he starts his first race of the year from an uncharacteristically-low tenth position on the starting grid.Wheldon is making his race debut for the PacWest Racing team in the CART Dayton Indy Lights ...

Dan Wheldon faces a challenge later today when he starts his first race of the year from an uncharacteristically-low tenth position on the starting grid.

Wheldon is making his race debut for the PacWest Racing team in the CART Dayton Indy Lights Championship -- the North American series which is just one step below the CART FedEx Champ Car series.

Problems in yesterday's final qualifying session at the brand new 2.104-mile circuit at Fundidora Park, Monterrey in Mexico meant that the best time the 22-year old Briton could record in his Gemstar Communications-sponsored PacWest Racing Lola was 1m 27.207 seconds -- an average speed of 86.855 seconds.

The pole position time of 1m 25.345 seconds was set by 'veteran' Irish driver Derek Higgins.

While unaccustomed to beginning races from so far back on the grid, Wheldon -- the reigning CART Toyota Atlantic 'Rookie of the Year' -- can be expected to make a hard-charging start when today's race commences at 12.45pm local time.

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Series Indy Lights
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