INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon will race this weekend at Kentucky Speedway as a warmup for his bid to win $5 million in the IndyCar season finale.
Wheldon will drive for Sam Schmidt Motorsports in both Sunday’s race at Kentucky and the Oct. 16 finale at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He will replace Alex Tagliani at Kentucky.
Wheldon is the only driver participating in IndyCar’s season-ending promotion, the GoDaddy Challenge. Should Wheldon win the race at Las Vegas, he and his team will split the $5 million prize with a fan yet to be chosen.
Wheldon could win at both Kentucky and Las Vegas. He has 14 career victories on ovals, and trails only three-time series champion Sam Hornish Jr. in oval victories.