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Dan Wheldon Races Into Indy 500 Winners’ Circle

Dan Wheldon won his second Indianapolis 500 yesterday. Wheldon said riding in legendary Car 98, which was driven to victory in 1963, was part of what made yesterday a day to remember. “It’s been an incredible day,” he said. “To be a two-time winner, to be driving the Number 98 Car that Parnelli Jones took to Victory Lane.”

Wheldon won his first race in 2005, six years before making it to the Winners’ Circle yesterday. This year’s win happened when it seemed he might not even make the race. After a split with Panther Racing, he couldn’t ride full-time this year. “There’s been some tough times,” he said. “I mean, there’s times when you doubt yourself a little bit, just because you’re not in a race car.”

Still, Wheldon kept history in mind as he passed J. R. Hildebrand’s damaged car to win the much-anticipated centennial race.

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