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Slow going for Wheldon, Panther Racing

Updated: May 13, 2009, 1:50 PM ET
By John Schwarb | Special to ESPN.com

INDIANAPOLIS -- Go figure: a big race with a car featuring a gimmicky paint job. Though in the case of Dan Wheldon's full-camouflage National Guard ride, there's some symbolism beyond sponsorship.

In the early going of 2009, Wheldon is fading into the background of the IndyCar Series with Panther Racing, after five standout seasons with two of the big three teams in the league. But years -- not to mention careers -- are made at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and Wheldon is arguably the best ...

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