- Jacques Villeneuve will attempt to make Indianapolis 500 starts 19 years apart, bettering Cy Marshall & Roland Free's 17-year gap set in 1947.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Wheldon All In For $5 Mill

INDYCAR announced at a Tuesday afternoon press conference held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway that Dan Wheldon will run for a $5 million prize in the season finale race in Las Vegas, dubbed the 'Go Daddy IndyCar Challenge'.

Go Daddy sponsored Andretti Autosport owner Michael Andretti, INDYCAR CEO Randy Bernard, Bryan Herta Autosport owner Bryan Herta and Dan Wheldon were present at the announcement.

Wheldon will run the #98 Sam Schmidt Motorsports/Bryan Herta Autosport entry sponsored by Bowers & Wilkins at Magnolia, William Rast and Curb/Big Machine. As part of the deal, the #98 entry will start at the rear of the 32+ car field. If Wheldon is first to cross the finish line the $5 million prize will be split equally among the driver and a lucky fan.

Beginning Wednesday, September 14th fans can visit IndyCarWorldChampionships.com or apply through the INDYCAR Verizon app to be eligible. The chosen winner will be flown out to the season ending race with VIP access and receive prizes valued at over $10,000.
"I am really excited to return in the #98 entry with SSM and BHA to follow-up our success at this year's Indy 500 and go after another race win, especially with this carrot on the end of the stick," said Wheldon. "I actually met Go Daddy CEO and Founder Bob Parsons the morning of this year's Indy 500 race, so maybe he's my lucky charm! We had a first-class program for Indy, and I am confident that we will be a strong contender again in Vegas with William Rast and Curb/Big Machine returning and now Bowers & Wilkins at Magnolia joining us, too. I'm ready for the Go Daddy INDYCAR Challenge and, hopefully, myself and one lucky fan will be smiling on October 16."




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