Wheldon gets off to fast start in Indy 500 practice

The first full practice for the 91st Indy 500 had a few surprises, but not at the top of the speed chart. Dan Wheldon had the fastest lap, cementing his status as the driver to beat, writes John Oreovicz.

Updated: May 8, 2007, 10:05 PM ET
By John Oreovicz | Special to ESPN.com

INDIANAPOLIS -- Dan Wheldon established himself as the favorite for pole position as the IndyCar Series' big-three teams dominated the action on the first full day of preparation for the 91st Indianapolis 500.

Cars affiliated with Target Ganassi Racing, Team Penske and Andretti Green Racing ran 12 of the 14 fastest laps Tuesday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, led by Wheldon's 225.074 mph pace-setter. Penske's Helio Castroneves led five drivers in the 224 mph bracket.

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