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Dan Wheldon 3/1 
Helio Castroneves 4/1
Tony Kanaan 5/1 
Scott Dixon 6/1   
Marco Andretti 10/1
Dario Franchitti 12/1
Vitor Meira 18/1
Buddy Rice 28/1
Tomas Scheckter 33/1
Danica Patrick 40/1 
Scott Sharp 50/1 
Kosuke Matsuura 66/1   
Ed Carpentier 80/1
Jeff Simmons 80/1 
Sarah Fisher 125/1   
Darren Manning 150/1 
A.J. Foyt IV 200/1   
Marty Roth 200/1   

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Glad to see the IRL back in action  wink But the prices on the top 3 are a joke

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Homestead Testing Speeds (Wednesday)

Homestead-Miami Speedway
IRL IndyCar Series  Posted Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Pos. Driver        Time  Speed  Laps
1  Dan Wheldon  24.8816 214.858 77
2  Marco Andretti  25.0020 213.823 102
3  Scott Dixon  25.0172 213.693 121
4  Helio Castroneves  25.0348 213.543 117
5  Dario Franchitti  25.0393 213.504 88
6  Sam Hornish Jr.  25.1143 212.867 148
7  Tony Kanaan  25.1776 212.332 40
8  Vitor Meira  25.1834 212.283 145
9  Buddy Rice  25.1974 212.165 70
10 Danica Patrick  25.2214 211.963 64
11 Ed Carpenter  25.2327 211.868 90
12 Kosuke Matsuura  25.2531 211.697 113
13 Tomas Scheckter  25.3128 211.197 84
14 Jeff Simmons  25.3427 210.948 143
15 Sarah Fisher  25.3518 210.873 77
16 Scott Sharp  25.3616 210.791 105
17 A.J. Foyt IV  25.4818 209.797 83
18 Marty Roth  25.7497 207.614 105
19 Darren Manning  25.7567 207.558 51


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Wheldon Quickest at Homestead
Jorge A. Mondaca
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Target Chip Ganassi Racing's Dan Wheldon continued his quick ways at Homestead-Miami Speedway Friday, taking pole position for Saturday's XM Satellite Radio 300 with a fast lap of 214.322 mph.

It is the fifth career pole for the driver of the No. 10 Target Dallara-Honda, but first at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Qualifying was the third session of the day the Englishman led, having paced both of the day's earlier practice sessions. The domination at the 1.5-mile oval is not unexpected, as the defending race winner was also quickest during preseason testing at this venue.

"Homestead obviously seems to be a very good place for me," said Wheldon. "Right now everybody has zero points and nobody has won the race yet so we'll have to see what I can do. I think it’s going to be a very competitive race, and the fans are going to be in for a treat."

Finishing just a fraction of a second behind was 2006 IRL IndyCar Series champion and last season’s polesitter for the event, Sam Hornish Jr., who set a fast lap of 214.298 mph.

"We were second here in the preseason test and we were second in both sessions today. Now we were second in qualifying. I guess if worse comes to worse, we'll finish second tomorrow. That will be OK," said Hornish, driver of the No. 6 Team Penske Racing Dallara-Honda.

With the front row start, Hornish will continue to gauge himself against Wheldon. Last season, both drivers finished the season tied with points, but Hornish held the first tiebreaker for the title because he had four season victories versus Wheldon’s two.

A trio of Andretti Green Racing teammates – Dario Franchitti (213.714 mph), Tony Kanaan (213.474 mph) and Marco Andretti (212.754 mph) – round out the first five spots.

Andretti Green’s newest member did not fare as well, however, as Danica Patrick will start 14th in her debut for the four car organization after running a qualifying lap of 211.431 mph.

"The Motorola car felt good. It was stuck the whole way around. It just didn't go very fast," said Patrick, driver of the No. 7 Motorola Dallara-Honda. "I don't know what the problem is. It felt better than it felt all day, so I don't have an answer. I drove exactly where I wanted to drive. I took it around the bottom. I made sure that the car was still rolling free. I really couldn't have done much else."

Scott Dixon, Scott Sharp, Helio Castroneves, Sarah Fisher and A.J. Foyt IV complete the top 10.

A total of 20 drivers qualified for Saturday’s 200-lap event.

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Not a lot of value in this weeks race but I still made a bet to make the race more exciting to watch  wink

I took Scott Dixon +685 @ TheGreek

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Wheldon barely beats Hornish for pole
March 23, 2007


HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) -Dan Wheldon turned the tables on Sam Hornish Jr. Friday night at Homestead-Miami Speedway, taking the pole position for the season-opening IndyCar Series race from the driver who beat him out - barely - for the 2006 series championship.

Hornish won his third title last season, keeping Wheldon from winning his second, in a tiebreaker. Hornish grabbed the crown because he won four races to Wheldon's two.

At Homestead, where Hornish has won three times and Wheldon has won the last two IndyCar races, it was nearly as close in qualifying, with Wheldon's fast lap of 214.322 just fast enough to beat Hornish's 214.298. The time difference between the two fast laps on the 1.5-mile oval was .0028-seconds.

Asked who is the driver to beat in Saturday night's season-opening XM Satellite Radio Indy 300, Hornish said, ``I'd say Wheldon is the guy to beat, especially with his history here and the way he's running.''

When Wheldon was told what Hornish said, he didn't hesitate: ``I think he's the guy to beat.

``It's a good rivalry,'' he added. ``I have tremendous amount of respect for Sam. And it does seem like we're attached at the hip. It seems like the 6 (Hornish) and the 10 (Wheldon) are always inches apart.''

Dario Franchitti was third at 213.714, followed by Andretti Green Racing teammates Tony Kanaan at 213.474 and Marco Andretti, last year's top rookie, at 212.754.

All three AGR drivers were satisfied after the qualifying, getting the year off to a decent start after watching Penske Racing drivers Hornish and Helio Castroneves and Target Chip Ganassi Racing drivers Wheldon and Scott Dixon dominate last season, winning 12 of 14 races.

``I have a good race car and, as long as I'm starting close to the front, I'm happy,'' Franchitti said. ``After last year, we're on a mission because we struggled and we didn't enjoy it. It was horrible. We need to be more competitive.''

The fourth member of the team, newcomer Danica Patrick, was far less pleased after qualifying 14th at 211.431 after turning practice speeds than 1 mph faster.

``I was just slow,'' she said, shrugging. ``The car felt great. It felt very stuck, very stable. I don't understand why it went so slow. This better not be the way it goes. It's frustrating.

``We were thinking top six, top eight, no problem. It went well in the last practice and this is all we have to show for it.''

Sarah Fisher, the other woman in the 20-car field, wound up considerably better, qualifying ninth at 212.501.

A year ago, rookie Paul Dana was killed in a two-car crash during the 30-minute warmup, hours before the race. Since then, series officials have done away with the race-day warmups.

Not everyone was happy about it.

Jeff Simmons, who replaced Dana at Rahal Letterman Racing, qualified 16th and noted he would like to have more time on the track to figure out the car.

``That was pathetic,'' Simmons said of his qualifying performance. ``We haven't run together with the other cars in a group and we still need to work out some things. But, everybody in the same situation.''

Neither Wheldon nor Hornish was very concerned about going straight from qualifying to the race.

``If I was selfish, for me, I think it's better,'' Wheldon said. ``My engineer, Andy Brown, and all the engineering staff at Ganassi, I think they have a good understanding of what I need from a race car and what Scott (Dixon) needs from a race car.

``But I think it does create some disparity among some of the cars that are not as well prepared as us.''

Hornish, who has been trying his hand in NASCAR's Busch Series, running a handful of races for boss Roger Penske, said, ``Running three Busch races since the last time I ran an IndyCar race, that's the way it's done. They qualify and then NASCAR impounds the car and then you start the race.

``So I'm kind of used to that schedule. There's a little more tweaking we need to do with the car, but we'll get it right by the time the race starts.''

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Not a lot of value in this weeks race but I still made a bet to make the race more exciting to watch  wink

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Ran second beaten by the fav once again  sad

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No Contest: Wheldon Wins Opener
Jorge A. Mondaca


Dan Wheldon was in complete command at the IRL IndyCar Series season opening XM Satellite Radio 300, leading 179 of 200 laps en route to victory at Homestead-Miami Speedway for the third year in a row.

Starting from pole position, Wheldon stayed out front until his first pit stop, ceding the lead for only six laps to Tony Kanaan and then Kosuke Maatsura. Once the pit sequence finished, the Englishman returned to the head of the field.

Following his second stint, however, it appeared Wheldon would have to settle for a lower finish as a result of a pit road miscue, which dropped him from first to ninth for the restart on lap 109.

"I’m not exactly sure (what happened)," said Wheldon. "I think everyone was pushing hard, because the series is so competitive. We made a slight mistake."

He would not stay behind for long though, as he regained the lead from teammate Scott Dixon 11 Laps later. From there, nobody got close to challenging the 28-year-old as he marched forward to claim his 12th career IndyCar Series victory, taking the checkered flag by a race-record margin of 6.4993 seconds over Dixon.

"It's a great way to open up the season," said the driver of the No. 10 Target Dallara-Honda. "I think with Ganassi Racing this is not a sales pitch, this is the truth - we've worked very hard over the winter to try to perfect what we started last year.

"Hopefully, this bodes well for the rest of the season."

By winning the XM Satellite Radio 300, Wheldon also became the first IndyCar Series driver to win at the same racetrack three years in a row, once for Andretti Green Racing and twice for Target Chip Ganassi Racing.

"It's great to be at Homestead and win three in a row. I'm not sure how we've done it, because I've done it with two different teams," said Wheldon.

Defending Series champion Sam Hornish Jr., Vitor Meira and Tony Kanaan were the only other drivers to finish on the lead lap.

Ed Carpenter, Dario Franchitti, Tomas Scheckter, Helio Castroneves and Buddy Rice rounded out the top 10, all one lap behind.

Further down on the scoring pylon, Marco Andretti, last season’s Rookie of the Year, had another disappointing night at Homestead-Miami Speedway. One year after completing just 12 laps before retiring due to a broken halfshaft, Andretti once again was unable to finish the season-opening event because of a mechanical problem.

"I really couldn't tell you what's wrong. It's incredible. It's a shame because the guys have worked so hard closing the gap," said Andretti, who ran a total of 53 laps on Saturday before parking for the night, listed in the 20th and final position.

The third-generation driver wasn’t the only Andretti Green Racing driver to have a tough evening.

Danica Patrick, who was disappointed following her 14th place qualifying effort, looked to be setting herself up for a decent points night until lap 155, when she lost control of her No. 7 Motorola Dallara-Honda as she was entering pit road. As a result, she hit the inside wall right before the pit stalls, ending her debut night with the team in 14th place.

"I’m so sorry, it locked up on the brakes," Patrick radioed to her crew after the incident.

Afterwards, she was equally repentant.

"I'm just so disappointed. I don't make mistakes like that, and I can't believe it happened," said Patrick. "I guess the law of averages should tell me that it's possible. When you're pushing 100 percent out there all the time, it is bound to catch up with you. I'm just glad it doesn't happen very often."

Rain was a constant factor on the night, delaying the start of the race by almost an hour due to drying and forcing a yellow flag period from lap 66-77.

The caution period for rain was one of three during the event, a record low at the 1.5-mile speedway, for a total of 32 laps.

The IRL IndyCar Series returns to action in one week’s time with the running of the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg taking place next Sunday, April 1.

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