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Ganassi regrets waiting on Wheldon

Indy Racing League team boss Chip Ganassi has confessed to long regretting not signing Dan Wheldon much earlier in his career after finally agreeing a deal with the Briton

Wheldon will join Ganassi next season after deciding to turn his back on Andretti Green Racing following his title winning campaign.

Speaking at the press conference announcing the capture of Wheldon, Ganassi admitted that one of the biggest errors he made was in not pursuing the British driver for a contract years ago.

"One mistake I've made in this business was passing on Dan in an early time in his career," Ganassi said. "Obviously, he has the history, has shown he can adapt very quickly to this formula of racing and is very comfortable racing at the front. I think it's going to be a great team.

"It's been a long time since we had two champions on this team, and I think it's something the team sorely needs. The addition of Dan gives us a good one-two punch. I'm more comfortable working with guys who know how to win."

Wheldon's new teammate Scott Dixon is excited by the arrival of Wheldon, whom he believes will give the team the impetus they need to regain the championship.

"We had some strong cars throughout the year, but it seemed we were never able to piece it together," said Dixon, looking back on 2005. "I think the big thing for next year is to carry the momentum.


"Obviously, with Dan coming to the team will be big for everyone's confidence. And Dan having the same package as he did last year will help the team learn a lot and quicken the process for myself.

"I'm just excited to start a new year and hopefully we'll be able to bring the championship back to Ganassi Racing."

Before the new season begins, however, Dixon and Wheldon could team up in the Daytona 24 Hours in late January. Dixon has also expressed some interest in driving for Team New Zealand in the A1 Grand Prix events in the United States and Mexico.

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