Dan Wheldon is about to win the 2005 IRL Championship, and he's won the prestigious Indianapolis 500 in May. But the Briton admitted today that holding the new record of most wins in a single season means the most to him.
Wheldon took his sixth win of the season at the Chicagoland Speedway today, breaking Sam Hornish Jr's record of five wins, which Wheldon also tied earlier this season.
And the Briton will clinch the title in two weeks at Watkins Glenn, if he only takes the start of the race, Wheldon holding a 102-point lead over reigning Champion Tony Kanaan.
"I must say my primary goal coming into the season was to win the Indianapolis 500," Wheldon said today. "When you achieve that, you then have to set yourself another goal. My goal after that was obviously to win the Championship.
"Then we continued to win races. That record that Sam Hornish has gotten, obviously he's a very, very talented driver, was going to be around a long time, so I wanted to try to beat that. There's a lot of people that are capable of the same thing. But to me that means a lot. To win a Championship and win a lot of races in the season is pretty special.
"I would say this: if it came down to it, and I was told that I could win the Championship with no victories or come second in the Championship with 10 [wins], that's the kind of guy I am. I much prefer to win a lot.
"It's difficult in this series, certainly in this day and age. To have won six, it's a very proud moment for me certainly. Winning Indy was very special to me. But to win six races is something I'll look back on and think, That was a strong season."