STRETCH­ING THE HORI­ZONS

Motor Sport News - - Dan Wheldon -

Jon Bay­tos, Primus Rac­ing USF2000, 1999

“The first race on an oval was at Phoenix. Dan was pretty cocky about wip­ing the Amer­i­cans out, de­spite the fact we didn’t even test on an oval be­cause of the late­ness of the cars. It was all brand new to him.

“[The 1998 USF2000 cham­pion for Primus] David Bes­nard, be­ing the char­ac­ter he was, told Dan: ‘It’s only two cor­ners, they just hap­pen to be two 135mph cor­ners…’

“Dan fin­ished sec­ond, amaz­ingly, but said that it was a hell of a lot harder than he thought it would be. Looking back, for him to come and say that it was dif­fi­cult was re­ally some­thing.

“He would never, ever say that.”

Whel­don’s big ad­ven­ture

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