MAKING IT BIG
Michael Andretti, team owner, Andretti Green Racing Indy Racing League, 2005
“The big test for us was road courses. We tested at the Daytona road course as the IRL prepared for its first road-street race in 2005. By the end of the session, he was fastest. That was a shock to all of us. We hadn’t seen road racing to be his strength, but he performed very well at the test.
“Then we went out and won the first IRL street course at St Petersburg. The team finished 1-2-3-4 in that race and Dan was in front. The fact we were that fast can be traced back to Dan’s testing with us. He gave us a great understanding of the car and how it would react to road and street racing.
“But Indianapolis is where he really stood out. Dan and Marco [Andretti] are the two best drivers I’ve experienced at Indy. They both took to it like a fish to water. They both ran the car so neutral there. I have never seen other drivers to that. If you watch the in-car camera from Dan’s win at Indy for us in 2005, you can see how loose that car was. He carried it all the way for 500 miles. He just had a knack for Indy.”
Wheldon won the Indy 500 in 2005