IndyCar: Wheldon’s woeful weekend

By Andy Darley

CalendarSunday, September 2nd, 2007

 
 

Dan Wheldon believes his Saturday qualification session for IndyCar’s Detroit Grand Prix was the worst of his career – but things got even more painful on race day.

After setting the 16th-best time in Saturday qualifying he said: “It’s been a very, very disappointing weekend on the #10 car side of the Target team.

“We need to move on from here and make up some positions in the race. We’ll have to make our own passing opportunities. I don’t think I have ever qualified this bad in my life and I want to try and fix that.”

Sadly for the 2005 Indianapolis 500 champion, his Belle Isle experience took another turn for the worse in Sunday morning pre-race practice when he hit the barrier in turn eight, badly damaging the rear of his car.

Wheldon was unhurt, emerging from the car to inspect its right front as if looking for a mechanical failure there.

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