TEAMS PAY TRIBUTE TO WHELDON
Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates will pay tribute to former Team Target Racing member Dan Wheldon this weekend at Talladega Superspeedway. The No. 1 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats and No. 42 Target Chevrolets will display a decal in memory of the two-time Indianapolis 500 winner and 2005 Izod Indycar Series Champion. In a joint venture between NASCAR and its teams, the decal was created to pay tribute to Dan as integral member of the racing community.
The logo depicts Richard the Lionheart, a 12th century king of England – Wheldon’s home country. Dan once wrote "When I first started racing, a lot of the guys said that I raced with a lot of heart, occasionally not my head, but always with a lot of heart, like the way that Richard the Lionheart fought in battle." Wheldon then placed a small mural of the 12th-century warrior king on his helmet in 1995 and it became a staple on his helmet ever since.
Wheldon drove for Target Chip Ganassi Racing in the Izod Indycar Series for three seasons (2006-2008), won six races and his best season finish for the team was 2nd in 2006.