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It has been confirmed that Dan Wheldon, Indianapolis 500 winner of 2005 and 2011, will return to the IndyCar Series for this year’s championship finale in Las Vegas. The 33-year-old will be competing in a special challenge as part of a joint entry for Bryan Herta Autosport and Sam Schmidt Motorsport.
“We said at the beginning of the season we wanted to offer our fans value, competition and entertainment and hosting the Go Daddy Challenge with a charge through the field will only further heighten the drama around what's shaping up to be one of our biggest IndyCar World Championships,” explains Wheldon.
The Englishman will start from near the back of the field – regardless of his qualifying pace - but net a cool $2.5 million (£1.6m) for both himself and a lucky fan if he is able to win the race.
IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard is also excited about the prospect.
“We set out to prove that we have the best drivers in the world and putting Dan at the back of a 30-plus car field to weave his way through traffic at speeds in excess of 215 miles per hour will certainly prove that,” says Bernard.
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