Emberton's Dan Wheldon enters another IndyCar Series season with high hopes of success.
Not that this season can be much more of a success for the driver of the number 26 Klein Tools/Jim Beam Dallara Honda.
The 2004 season saw Wheldon, the former Rookie of the Year, claim three race wins and 12 top-five finishes - but he still finished behind Andretti Green Racing team-mate Tony Kanaan in the championship.
"I'm very, very excited," Dan told Citizen Sport this week. "It seems like it's been a long winter. With the cutback on testing to cut down on cost, I haven't been in the car very much. But the testing went well and we know we're competitive.
"We're running with the same package that we have the past couple of years, so you can't make big gains. We're looking for hundredths of a second right now. In most formulas, you're looking for tenths of a second.
"Even though I'm on the other side of the pond, I've seen a good influx of people interested in my career. Through my website, www.danwheldon.com, I get emails from people congratulating me after races and other things from back home. It's nice to have that support. It's a very good feeling."
The new season opens on Sunday with the Toyota Indy 300 at the Homestead-Miami Speedway.