Wheldon Repeats In Kansas

Dan Wheldon became the first repeat IndyCar Series winner at Kansas Speedway in eight races, winning the Road Runner Turbo Indy 300 by 2.1778 seconds over Tony Kanaan.

Wheldon, driving the No. 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing car, last won on the 1.52-mile oval. Wheldon inherited the lead on Lap 152 when teammate Scott Dixon pitted and held through a Lap 172 restart.

"It was a really good weekend for everyone at Target Chip Ganassi Racing," Wheldon said. "It's unfortunate for Scott when the yellow fell. I'm sure he'll make up for that later in the year. The cars were very competitive the whole weekend. The crews preformed flawlessly, and that's the kind of weekend you want. It's great to have that weekend leading into Indianapolis."

Dixon finished third but was upset with what might have been.

“It was pretty frustrating,” said Dixon. “You have a good car that you think should win and it doesn’t.

“We definitely lost the race ourselves,” said Dixon. “Congrats to Dan. He was just sitting back smartly and saving a bit of fuel. It’s something we need to work on strategy-wise.”

“I knew it was going to be tough. We probably needed another caution for it to pack up and give us a real chance.”

Series points leader Helio Castroneves was fourth.

Marco Andretti was fifth and rookie teammate Hideki Mutoh sixth. Danica Patrick, who last week became the first female to win a major closed-course auto race, started third and was among the leaders early. But a mechanical failure on the right-rear wheel hub on Lap 156 ended her day.

"My understeer at the beginning was definitely what made me drop back,” Patrick said. “But I was back up again and I could see the leaders. It was like, `We get a yellow and we’re back in it.”

The Indy Racing League now shifts its attention to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with Indy 500 pole qualifying set for Saturday, May 10th.

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