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He won the Indianapolis 500, and the Indy Car Series championship, in the 2005 season.His six victories in 2005 also broke the record for most victories in one season (under IRL sanction), previously held by Sam Hornish Jr. His win at Indy was the first for an Englishman since Graham Hill's victory in 1966.Despite strong showings with Panther Racing, Wheldon still failed to win a race during his time with the team which frustrated his bosses.This led to his sudden firing from Panther Racing and was replaced by rookie J. Hildebrand; leaving Wheldon without a full-time ride for the 2011 season.He began the 2006 season by beating Hélio Castroneves by 0.0147 seconds in the Toyota Indy 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway; a sombre race due to the earlier death of Paul Dana in a practice session.Wheldon retired from the Honda Grand Prix due to contact with Sam Hornish Jr. At the end of the season, Wheldon and Hornish were tied for the lead with each driver having 475 points.However, his strong start to the season faded and Wheldon failed to crack the top 10 in seven of the last eight races.The following year, Wheldon finished second again, this time to good friend Dario Franchitti of his former team, Chip Ganassi Racing; his second-place finish and Franchitti's win was overshadowed by Mike Conway's horrific crash.
Daniel Clive Wheldon was born in Emberton, near Olney, Buckinghamshire, England, on 22 June 1978.
In November 2005, it was announced that he would be driving for Chip Ganassi Racing in the Indy Car Series in 2006.
Shortly after his first test with Ganassi, in February 2006, he won the 24 Hours of Daytona endurance sports car race with Ganassi teammates Scott Dixon and Casey Mears.
Video showed that the yellow did not come out until after Wheldon had passed him, and even if it would have come out before the pass, the president of competition ruled that Hildebrand's car was a "wounded car", and was therefore allowed to be passed in this situation.
It was Wheldon's first series win in three seasons, his 16th win in the Indy Car Series and what would turn out to be the final win of his racing career.