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$5m Vegas prize for Wheldon's eyes only

On the downside, the announcement this week about the October 16 season finale does mean that Wheldon won't be available for television coverage commentating duties - as ABC Sports main announcer Bob Jenkins pointed out as he hosted the press conference: "Dan, the driver; and I might say a pretty good TV analyst, also."

"He is," agreed Herta. "He's really good at it. We're trying to find something that he isn't good at!"




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Dan Wheldon at the announcement of the GoDaddy.com IndyCar Challenge. [Photo Credit: Jim Haines for IndyCar Media]
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Brad Dill - Unregistered

September 14, 2011 1:24 PM

It's not a Barnhardt idea. It's Randy Bernard's idea. And they weren't going to just "jump in from other championships". If selected, drivers would have been given practice time on other Indy Car ovals. Two drivers wanted specific teams Penske and Ganassi to back them. Those teams are in the title chase and don't want the extra car. The other driver broke his leg in the X games. If done in the future it can be improved upon, but it's not as lame as you try to make it out to be Martin.

Roger T - Unregistered

September 14, 2011 9:00 PM

If a closely challenged final can't draw attention to Indy Car and increase its ratings, another poorly conceived gimmick won't. I'll give Dan Wheldon credit when credits due, but he hasn't driven full time this season for a reason. Outside Indy Car circles he's not a known personality. And let's face it winning the 2011 Indy 500 was all luck not exceptional talent on the day. Giving Wheldon a shot at $2.5 Million when the series champion gets $1 Million is insulting to the teams and drivers that have worked hard all season, and put so much on the line for Indy Car. The $5 Million challenge should have been abandoned when at first it failed. Focus on Franchitti, Power, give them the attention they've earned throughout the season. Focus on Indy Car. There is clearly a disconnect between the teams and Bernard which will have ramifications. Someone's not listening and I very much doubt it's the team owners. It's past the point where Bernard's ability to turn around Indy Car should



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