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Last Updated: Sunday, 29 January 2006, 18:46 GMT
Wheldon secures Daytona victory
Dan Wheldon
Wheldon enjoyed a hugely successful 2005 in America
Indianapolis 500 champion Dan Wheldon started his season in winning style at the Daytona 24 Hours in Florida.

Wheldon, along with co-drivers Scott Dixon and Casey Mears, took the lead with six hours remaining.

And the Briton, who won an Indy 500 and Indy Racing League double last season, held on to win America's prestigious motorsport endurance race.

"There are some famous names that have won this race, and to be on that list is very, very special," he said.

Fellow Briton Allan McNish's hopes of a first win at Daytona ended with engine problems.

The Scot, who was racing alongside Danica Patrick, Jan Lammers and Rusty Wallace, was in contention for a win before overheating problems struck.

"The race is totally different than when I last did it in 2001 when only a few cars could win, but nowadays there are 15-20 potential race winning cars," he said.

"The cars aren't that technically advanced but it makes for close, hard-fought racing."


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