Wheldon pleased after 'low key' race
24 June 2009 – Dan Wheldon was satisfied to have come out of Iowa with a fourth place finish on Sunday. The Panther Racing driver, who is yet to win a race in 2009, moves to sixth in the championship after a bad afternoon for Tony Kanaan. After missing the podium by seven seconds, the Champion of four years ago will be carrying optimism with him to Richmond this weekend.
With his getaway less than idea, a hard-charging Wheldon fought back to snatch the fourth place behind Hideki Mutoh. "It's a good result for Panther Racing and the National Guard," said Buckinghamshire's Wheldon. "To finish fourth here, with this level of competition, is something we can build on. There's a bunch of good guys at this Panther team and they're all working very hard; I know we all want to get back to victory lane together."
Despite praising the performance of his crew and car, the 31-year-old did admit that the result could have been even better. "I always tended to lose a few places on starts and restarts, but once the car came in it was as good as anybody out there," he continued. "Towards the end of the race, I should have made some more aggressive changes with the front wing because I had some understeer. My race was relatively low key. I was loose at the start of each stint, but once the car settled down it was good. I'll take a top five and it's some good momentum to build upon."