Dan Wheldon was tired of coming in second the past two years in two of the closest finishes at Kansas Speedway. On Sunday, he took matters into his hands and posted the largest margin of victory in an IndyCar Series race at Kansas, finishing over 18 seconds ahead of Dario Franchitti.
Wheldon, who is the seventh different winner in seven years, led a total of 177 laps fighting for the lead with pole-sitter Tony Kanaan in the first 50. On lap 49, Danica Patrick's car made contact with teammate Kanaan's car, which suffered damage to the left front suspension. Patrick noted a miscommunication among her team as the reason. Kanaan finished 15th.
On Lap 100, Wheldon pulled into pit lane with a flat rear tire, and teammate Scott Dixon took the lead. Wheldon regained the lead on lap 104, and continued to fight off Dixon until lap 165, when Dixon was issued a penalty for pitting off turn 4. He finished fourth.
Tomas Scheckter recorded his best finish of the season with a fifth place.
Wheldon's victory wrapped up a busy race weekend at Kansas Speedway that also saw Scott Lagasse and Erik Darnell visit victory lane in the ARCA RE/MAX Series and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series races, respectively.
Racing returns to Kansas Speedway Sept. 28-30 with the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series, NASCAR Busch Series and USAC. The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race, the Kansas 400, will be the third race of the Chase for the NEXTEL Cup.