Wheldon completes three-day Indianapolis test
28 September 2011 – Dan Wheldon put the new IndyCar machinery through its paces once again this week, carrying out a three-day test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Returning to the scene of his Indy 500 victory, Wheldon explained that the test was more about completing further system checks as opposed to aiming for record breaking top speeds.
"We’ll wait till (September 29) to put the big numbers down," Wheldon commented. "We have to manage our expectations. I know everybody wants to see huge speeds, but it’s about doing what’s right for the car. This is our final test and it’s important that we learn enough so when the customers get their cars we feel we’ve given them something they’ll be very happy with."
"We’ve gone through all the different types of circuits but one (1.5-mile oval, which will be addressed during the manufacturer test phase) and validated the aero configuration against the speed that we intend to have for next year," added IndyCar Vice President of technology Will Phillips. "It’s really been a good collaboration from Bryan Herta Autosport, from Dan and his previous experience and from Dallara."