Brilliant oval driver, brilliant oval team in SSM and, on another note, he has the shiniest teeth in the history of American open-wheel racing. But can Dan really win from the back of a 34 car grid in Vegas?
@mrgrieves They initially pitched it as an ‘if any non-Indycar driver can turn up and win we pay $10m.’ Unfortunately they failed to get any big names offering to have a go: they wanted a Juan Pablo Montoya, they got Scott Speed (who couldn’t even qualify at Indy). A few others were interested but none would have ‘moved the needle’ enough, so they ditched that and went with this half-baked Wheldon idea. What really spoils it for me is that they let him race Kentucky too. If he’d just done Indy and then rocked up at Vegas and won it that would have been cool, but running a warm up race kinda of sucks.
Crazy Jean is doing Indy next year, if he can qualify in whatever backmarker car Lotus end up sticking their underdeveloped engines in. Don’t think he ever expressed an interest in Vegas (and in all honesty he’s nobody to the people Indycar is looking to reach, so what would have been the point).
Well they didn’t really plan for Wheldon to do Kentucky. I think they were a bit pissed, that’s why they sent him to the back of the grid.
As for the prize, if Wheldon can win the race starting from the back of the pack (Pos. 34) and win the race he and his team split $2.5 million and a fan gets $2.5 million.
The three drivers that series was banking on getting were Zanardi, Kasey Khane, and Travis Pastana I believe. Two got hurt and Zanardi only wanted to run with Ganassi and they were going to focus on Dario winning the championship. The series kinda got put between a rock and a hard place but with 34 cars on the grid it should be an exciting race.
If it comes anywhere close to the last 15 laps of Kentucky I think we’ll all be in for a treat.