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Friday, March 25, 2011

Wheldon To BHA For Indy

Once teammates at Andretti Green Racing, Dan Wheldon and Bryan Herta have teamed up once again. Bryan Herta Autosport announced today in St. Petersburg that the 2005 Indianapolis 500 Champion will pilot the BHA entry at Indy.

“I’m really excited to be joining Bryan Herta Autosport for the centennial running of the Indianapolis 500 and I’m excited to announce this news in my hometown of St. Pete,” said Wheldon. “Bryan has been a friend – and a teammate – for a long time now and because of that I have the utmost confidence in him and his team to provide me with the tools to win my second Indy 500."

Following three season with Andretti and three at Chip Ganaasi Racing, Dan Wheldon signed on with Panther Racing in the winter of 2009. After two disappointing seasons the pair parted ways, leaving the veteran pilot without a ride for 2011.

“Going into the month of May, I think we stand in a very good position,” added Wheldon. “At this point, I won’t be a full-time IndyCar participant this season, but I don’t think we will be at a disadvantage having not raced in the first four races of the season because they are not on ovals; they are running on road and street courses. We will have plenty of preparation time at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and paired with the fact that Honda always supply us with reliable engines, I think we’ll be able to hit the ground running. I’m really excited about this opportunity and can’t wait to get to Indy"

Struggling through the entire Month of May in 2010 with rookie driver Sebastian Saavedra, the #29 entry made the field of 33, but just barely. The only IZOD IndyCar Series start in the team's history, Herta hopes for improved results this year, "Steve and I are thrilled to have a driver of Dan’s caliber partner with us for the Indianapolis 500,” said Herta. “It goes without saying that Dan knows his way around the Speedway. He has achieved a tremendous amount of success there and all of us have high expectations going into the month of May."

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