Former winner Wheldon satisfied with second
25 May 2009 – Britain's Dan Wheldon was pleased to take away a second place finish from the legendary Indianapolis 500 on Sunday. The Northamptonshire-born driver, who won at Indy in 2005, collected the runner-up spot for Panther Racing as Helio Castroneves took victory.
"I'm incredibly excited," said Wheldon, who won the Indy title four years ago. "Unfortunately, we didn't have quite enough for Helio and the whole Penske organisation - they should be very proud. I have to say, there's not many races that I've done in my career where I can honestly say that the team executed one-hundred percent and I have to say they did today; the National Guard Panther Racing pit crew were phenomenal. They made my job incredibly easy all day because they made me spot after spot in the pits."
With a rejuvenated Castroneves crossing the line first for Penske, Brit Wheldon came home 1.9 seconds later. "It's one of those days where we just didn't have quite enough for Helio but I think everyone on the team should be incredibly proud," he continued. "We've had a difficult month but the soldiers I've met here, and even the stories I've heard from the soldiers overseas, have that never-say-die attitude; that was fully in force this month with the race team - I think we got the best out of everything, so they should be very proud."