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Dan Wheldon Career Highlights

Dan knew he wanted to be a racer …

 

 2011

  •  IndyCar driver of the #98 William Rast car for Bryan Herta Autosport
  • Won his 2nd career Indianapolis 500, becoming only the 18th driver in the 100 year history of the race to win it more than once. He led 1,000 feet and won the race on the final turn
  • Dan and Bryan Herta Autosport became the first one-off race team to win the Indy 500 since 1965
  • Announced as the Honda test driver for development of the 2012 IndyCar chassis and engine. The new IndyCar chassis is now called the DW-12 in Dan’s honor
  • Joined the Versus broadcast team in the TV booth for three IndyCar Series races as an analyst and introduced us to his version of the “Grid Walk”

 

2010

  • IndyCar driver of the #4 National Guard car for Panther Racing in the IZOD IndyCar Series
  • Finished second at the Indianapolis 500 for the second consecutive year
  • Posted second place finish at Chicago and third place at Kentucky
  • Recorded four Top-5 finishes and 10 Top-10 finishes and led 108 laps

 

2009

  • IndyCar driver of the #4 National Guard car for Panther Racing in the IndyCar Series
  • Runner-up finish at the 93rd running of the Indianapolis 500 after starting 18th
  • Posted three Top-5 Finishes and nine Top-10 finishes in 17 races this season

 

2008

  • IndyCar driver for Target Chip Ganassi Racing (#10 Target) in the IndyCar Series
  • Finished 4th in the IndyCar Driver’s Championship
  • Captured race wins at Kansas and Iowa; 15 career IndyCar wins since 2003

 

2007

  •  IndyCar driver for Target Chip Ganassi Racing (#10 Target) in the IndyCar Series
  •  Won season opening race in Homestead for the third consecutive season; 12th career win
  •  Captured his 13th career race victory at Kansas Speedway

 

2006

  • IndyCar driver for Target Chip Ganassi Racing (#10 Target) in the IndyCar Series
  • Won season opening race in Homestead; his first IRL race for Target Chip Ganassi Racing
  • Finished runner-up in the IndyCar Series driver’s championship; decided by tiebreaker

 

2005

  • IndyCar driver for Andretti Green Racing (#26 Klein Tools/Jim Beam) in the IndyCar Series
  • Won the 89th Indianapolis 500, becoming the 1st Englishman to win since Graham Hill in 1966
  •  Captured the IndyCar Series Driver’s Championship in only his second full season
  •  Won four of the first five races in the 2005 season; first time in the 10-year history of the IRL
  • Posted 6 race wins in 17 events to break the IRL record for most wins in a season

 

2004

  • IndyCar driver for Andretti Green Racing (#26 Klein Tools/Jim Beam) in the IndyCar Series
  • Finished 2004 season ranked #2 in the League point standings, won 3 races, 2 poles, led 429 laps

 

2003

  • IndyCar “Rookie of the Year” for Andretti Green Racing

 

2002

  • IndyCar driving debut with Panther Racing

 

2001

  • CART Dayton Indy Lights “Rookie of the Year”

 

2000

  • Toyota Atlantic “Rookie of the Year”

 

1999 – U.S. F 2000

  • “Rookie of the Year” & Champion

 

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