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Dan Wheldon


Daniel Clive Wheldon (born 22 June 1978) is a successful British auto racing driver. Wheldon was born in Emberton, England, and after leaving the European racing scene due to a lack of opportunities, he moved to the United States in 1999. He then spent several years in lower open-wheeled circuits like the U.S. Ford Formula 2000 series, the Toyota Atlantic series and the Indy Lights series. Wheldon is playfully nicknamed "Difficult Dan" in the IRL pit lane for his sometimes choleric temperament. He currently resides in St. Petersburg, Florida.


In 2002, Wheldon moved up to the Indy Racing League (IRL) for two events, with Panther Racing as teammate to Sam Hornish, Jr.. The following year Wheldon joined Andretti Green Racing, taking the spot of Michael Andretti following his retirement, and collected IRL Rookie of the Year honors. In 2004, he won his first IRL race at Twin Ring Motegi in Japan, ultimately finishing as runner-up to teammate Tony Kanaan in the championship. In 2005, he won both the Indianapolis 500 and the IRL series championship. His six victories in 2005 also broke the record for most victories in one IRL season. His win at Indy was the first for an Englishman since Graham Hill's triumph in 1966. But in November of 2005, it was announced that he would be driving for Chip Ganassi Racing in the IRL in 2006. Shortly after his first IRL test with Ganassi, he won the 24 Hours of Daytona with Ganassi teammates Scott Dixon and Casey Mears. After five races he lies third in the series behind Helio Castroneves and Dixon.

IndyCar career results

Year Team Wins Points Championship Finish
2002 Panther Racing 0 35 36th
2003 Andretti Green Racing 0 312 11th
2004 Andretti Green Racing 3 533 2nd
2005 Andretti Green Racing 6 628 1st
2006 Chip Ganassi Racing 1 394 3rd (in progress)

10 wins, 1 championship

Indy 500 results

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish
2003 Dallara Honda 5th 19th
2004 Dallara Honda 2nd 3rd
2005 Dallara Honda 16th 1st
2006 Dallara Honda 3rd 4th

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One win

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