Wheldon re-signs with Andretti

British star Dan Wheldon has re-signed with leading IRL IndyCar Series team Andretti Green Racing for next year

Wheldon re-signs with Andretti

Wheldon began the year as test driver for the Honda-powered team, but took over from retiring team boss Michael Andretti from the Indianapolis 500 onwards. Despite missing the opening rounds of the season, a late run of six consecutive top-ten finished netted him the Rookie of the Year crown.

"I'm very excited to continue with Andretti Green Racing," said Wheldon. "This season was a great opportunity for me and I'm very proud of what the entire team accomplished. My rookie year was challenging, but we made the most of our opportunities. Now I've got some experience under my belt and I know what to expect, so I'm looking forward to having a strong season."

Andretti said: "I am very pleased that we have re-signed Dan Wheldon. We laid a lot of expectations on Dan when he came to Andretti Green Racing and it was gratifying to see him excel and achieve so much in 2003. Winning another Rookie of the Year title was important to him and now he's focused on contending for the series championship.

"He finished the year as strong as anybody in the series. I'm looking forward to seeing him get back on the race track in a few months, picking up where he left off and getting what I'm sure will be the first of many wins for us."

Wheldon will continue to run next season with backing from Jim Beam and Klein Tools, after both companies renewed their sponsorship deals with the team earlier this week.

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