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Indy 500 Champ Will Be at TMS



    Indy 500 Champ Will Be at TMS
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    Dan Wheldon talks about winning the Indy 500 during the Indy 500 Champion's luncheon at Frankie's Sports Bar & Grill in Fort Worth.

    Two days after winning his second Indy 500, Dan Wheldon was in downtown Fort Worth, toasting milk with Eddie Gossage.

    Gossage's Texas Motor Speedway brought Wheldon in ahead of the next IndyCar series race.

    The Firestone Twin 275s is June 11 at TMS.

    But Wheldon might not be behind the wheel. He's without a full-time ride this season. His one-race contract with Bryan Herta Autosport expired hours after his improbable victory at the Indianapolis 500.

    Wheldon said if he doesn't get a car for the race, he'll be a part of the Versus network coverage that weekend.

    "Personally, I hope to not do it because I'll be in a race car," the 32-year-old Englishman said. "We'll just have to wait and see."

    Still, Wheldon knew Indianapolis might be his only IndyCar race this season. The two-time Indy 500 champion has no ride lined up for Texas, Milwaukee or any of the other remaining races.

    Herta had planned for Indy to be his team's only race this season, then build toward running the full schedule in 2012. It is still unclear how much the victory might accelerate the plan, if at all.

    Wheldon said he believes Herta would be willing to run more races this year, including Texas, if proper funding could be secured and the car could be prepared to run competitively.

    "But Bryan is not just going to do it to do it," Wheldon said. "He wants to do it right."

    Since Wheldon is no longer under contract, the driver is free to pursue or consider offers from other teams. He said he did not know if his agent had gotten any such calls, but he wouldn't just get into another car for the sake of being in the race.

    "I would absolutely love to continue with Bryan's team, and certainly that would be the intention. Bryan has gone above and beyond what he promised," he said. "It's not about just driving for any team that gives me an opportunity. It's about picking the right opportunity, and making sure it's competitive."