DAN WHELDON DELPHI INDY 300 PREVIEW

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Who: #26 Klein Tools/Jim Beam Dallara/Honda/Firestone driver Dan Wheldon
What: Delphi Indy 300, Round 14 of the Indy Racing League? IndyCar? Series
Where: Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet, Ill. When: Sunday, September 12, 2004
Television: ABC (Live), 1:30 p.m. (EDT)

Dan Wheldon on the 2004 Delphi Indy 300:
?The race in Chicago is very important to me with both of my co-sponsors, Klein Tools and Jim Beam, being located in Chicago. We?re going to have a lot of guests at the race and it?s important to the Klein Tools/Jim Beam crew that we do well. We?re going to do everything we can to make a run at the championship. Tony (Kanaan) has a sizeable lead, but we still think we?ve got a chance to win.?

Dan Wheldon Facts
- Wheldon is coming off his third career IndyCar Series win with a victory at the Firestone Indy 225 at Nazareth Speedway. He has also been victorious at Twin Ring Motegi (April 17) and Richmond (June 26). Wheldon has started in the front row on four occasions this year and has two career IndyCar Series poles, earning them consecutively at Phoenix (March 20) and Twin Ring Motegi (April 16).
- With his win at Nazareth, Wheldon has moved into second place in the IndyCar Series points championship hunt. He leads third-place driver Buddy Rice by four points (431-427). Teammate and Team 7-Eleven driver Tony Kanaan leads the standings and is 72 points ahead of Wheldon.
- Wheldon scored his fourth-straight third-place finish at Nazareth Speedway. Through 13 races, he leads the series in top-three finishes with nine.
- The driver of the #26 Klein Tools/Jim Beam machine has led 397 laps this season, which ranks second in the series. Andretti Green drivers occupy the top-three spots in laps led, and the top-four machines are all Honda-powered.
- Earlier this year, Wheldon tied a then-IndyCar Series record by scoring seven consecutive top-five finishes, a streak that included the final three events of 2003 and the first four races of 2004. Wheldon shared that record with Helio Castroneves and Sam Hornish. Kanaan now holds the record with a current streak of 12 consecutive top-fives.
- Wheldon has been nominated for SPEED Channel?s Driver of the Year Award for the third quarter of 2004. Fans can vote for Whledon by logging onto www.speedtv.com/features/577/.

Eddie Jones, Engineer, #26 Klein Tools/Jim Beam Dallara/Honda/Firestone on the Delphi Indy 300:
?We had a good race at Chicagoland last year. It?s a track that Dan likes because it?s very fast, and he?s very good on those tracks. We feel we are going in there with a very good race car. Coming off the win at Nazareth, I think Dan is really fired up and ready to go. I expect we?ll be competitive all weekend.?

IRL IndyCar? Series Records Set by Andretti Green Racing in 2004
- AGR entries have won a record eight of 13 IndyCar? Series events this season.
- Andretti Green entries swept the top three positions at Nazareth on August 29 (Dan Wheldon ? 1st, Tony Kanaan - 2nd, Dario Franchitti - 3rd); the first time in IndyCar? Series history that one team has claimed all three podium positions.
- Andretti Green Racing has had at least one car in the top five in 19 consecutive IndyCar? Series events dating back to Aug. 10, 2003, which stands as the longest active streak in the series.
- Kanaan has led 815 laps, an IndyCar? Series single-season mark.

Andretti Green Racing Team Facts
- AGR has led 1,619 of 2,705 total laps run in 2004 (59.8 percent).
- Andretti Green drivers have led the IndyCar? Series point standings for 12 consecutive events in 2004, dating to Phoenix (March 21).
- Andretti Green Racing drivers occupy the top three spots among IndyCar? Series lap leaders [Kanaan ? 815 (1st), Wheldon ? 397 (2nd), Franchitti ? 347 (3rd)].
- AGR entries have been present

on the front row of the IndyCar? Series grid at nine of 13 events this season.
- AGR has placed two cars in the top five of an event 18 times, including 11 of the past 12 events this season.
- Andretti Green Racing won all three night events on the 2004 IndyCar? Series schedule (Tony Kanaan ? Texas, Nashville; Dan Wheldon ? Richmond).
- AGR has won every IndyCar? Series event thus far in 2004 held at tracks shorter than 1.5 miles in length (Kanaan ? Phoenix, Nashville; Wheldon ? Richmond; Franchitti ? Milwaukee, Pikes Peak).
- Andretti Green drivers occupy the top two spots in the IndyCar? Series point standings and three of the top five positions [Kanaan ? 503 (1st), Wheldon ? 431 (2nd), Franchitti ? 354 (5th)].
- Andretti Green won both the pole (Wheldon, March 20; Wheldon, April 16; Franchitti, June 10; Kanaan, August 21) and race (Kanaan, March 21; Wheldon, April 17; Kanaan, June 12; Franchitti, August 22) at Phoenix, Twin Ring Motegi, Texas and Pikes Peak.
- All four Andretti Green entries have finished in the top 10 on four occasions this season (Kansas, Kentucky, Pikes Peak and Nazareth). When they did so at the Kansas event, it marked the first time since Sept. 15, 1996 (Las Vegas) that an IndyCar? Series team has accomplished that feat.
- Andretti Green Racing has 10 wins and eight poles since joining the IndyCar? Series in 2003.
- AGR entries have combined for 51 top-five finishes in 29 career IndyCar? Series races.
The Last Time That Andretti Green Racing? - Won an IndyCar? Series event: Nazareth, August 29, 2004 (Wheldon)
- Claimed the pole position: Pikes Peak, August 22, 2004 (Kanaan)
- Swept the front row in qualifying: Pikes Peak, August 22, 2004 (Kanaan - 1st, Wheldon - 2nd)
- Recorded a ?1-2? finish: Nazareth, August 29, 2004 (Wheldon - 1st, Kanaan - 2nd)
- Registered a ?1-2-3? finish: Nazareth, August 29, 2004 (Wheldon ? 1st, Kanaan ? 2nd, Franchitti ? 3rd)
- Placed three cars in the top five: Nazareth, August 29, 2004 (Wheldon ? 1st, Kanaan ? 2nd, Franchitti ? 3rd)
- Placed four cars in the top 10: Nazareth, August 29, 2004 (Wheldon ? 1st, Kanaan ? 2nd, Franchitti ? 3rd, Bryan Herta ? 8th)

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