Where Will Dan Wheldon Be in 2009?

Jen PrestonSenior Analyst IAugust 12, 2008

Chip Ganassi seemed very interested in former free agent Tony Kanaan, and he certainly wasn't looking to replace championship leader Scott Dixon.

Dan Wheldon's contract with Target Chip Ganasi ends at the conclusion of this season and they have yet to resign or announce new plans for the new year.

Back in June, Wheldon claimed the two sides had reached an agreement for him to remain with the team in 2009. However, his team owner never commented, leaving the former Indy 500 champ's future in question.

Since Tony Kanaan, a former series champion, has signed his five-year extension with Andretti-Green Racing, several names have been rumored to fill the No. 10 car's seat, including former Ganassi driver Bruno Junqueira and current development driver Alex Lloyd.

Nineteen-year-old Graham Rahal's hat has also been thrown into the ring by Speed TV's Robin Miller.  Rahal-Letterman, the team part owned by his father teamed up with Ganassi at this year's Indianapolis 500 to field a car for Alex Lloyd.

The 30-year-old Englishman Wheldon has had a very quiet year both on and off the track. That is considering this is the guy that has had notable feuds with Danica Patrick and Jenson Button, and once said he liked America better than the UK because "it's easier to get laid."  With only two wins this season coming in Kansas and Iowa, he has also failed to finish the races in Watkins Glen and Montegi.

Both the American, Rahal, and Brit, Lloyd, have the youth factor on their side being 19 and 23, respectively. But now that Ganassi didn't get Kanaan, will he resign the driver that's been with him since 2006?  Or will he go with Rahal, who has one win but failed to finish six races this year? Even further, will he go with Lloyd, who crashed out of the only race he's run thus far in 2008?

If Wheldon does in fact leave TCG, where will he go?  All four drivers at Andretti-Green, his former team, are all signed for the 2009 season, as are Ryan Briscoe and Helio Castroneves over at Penske.  Difficult Dan's options, if he leaves, seem to be very, very slim.