Tuesday 31st May 2005
By winning the 2005 Indianapolis 500, Dan Wheldon has become the first British driver to win the race since Graham Hill in 1966, although the winning car for the past 6 years has used a British gearbox, designed and built by Xtrac.
Xtrac were chosen in 1999 as the sole transmission supplier to the Indy Racing League and our '195' type gearbox was fitted to every car for every race in the 2000, 2001 & 2002 seasons.
In 2002 the exclusive supply contract was renewed, despite strong competition and since the start of the 2003 season every car has been fitted with the Xtrac '295' type gearbox (a revised version of the '195'). This 3 year contract has also been extended for an unprecedented fourth year.
Since 2000 we have experienced 198 starts in the Indy 500 alone and in this year's event, of the 33 cars which took the start, not one car failed or faltered with transmission problems. This was a further continuation of the reliability Xtrac have shown in the Indy Racing League series and as has come to be expected from the '295' gearbox which is now in its third season.
New for 2005 is a plate limited slip differential that allows the cars to run on road circuits. This proved to be problem free at the opening race in St Petersburg where the cars had to turn in both directions for the first time.
This will be followed by other races at the Infineon Raceway and Watkins Glen later in the year. We wish all the teams and driver good luck for the season ahead and our congratulations go to Dan Wheldon and everyone at Andretti Green Racing.