A monument paying tribute to the late Dan Wheldon was unveiled Thursday in St. Petersburg. Wheldon adopted St. Petersburg as his American hometown after he moved from England ahead of his open-wheel career.
The monument is outside of Turn 10 on the St. Petersburg street circuit, near Dan Wheldon Way, where race winner Helio Castroneves climbed the fence one year ago.
All current IndyCar Series drivers were on hand and posed with Susie Wheldon, Dan’s widow, who will wave the green flag on Sunday.
“I’m looking forward to a great weekend filled with reflection, but also lots and lots of celebration,” she said. “A year from now, 10 years from now, I feel like I’ll always be a part of the IndyCar family.”
BMW has confirmed its driver line-ups for the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and 2018/19 FIA World Endurance Championship campaigns.
In an announcement made at its end-of-year Sports Trophy event on Friday night, BMW firmed up its roster across its factory WEC team and its customer RLL Racing IMSA squad.
Two of the 2018 BMW M8 GTEs will enter the WEC next year, joining a hotly-contested GTE-Pro class that already features Ferrari, Porsche, Aston Martin and Ford.
BMW factory drivers Antonio Felix da Costa, Nick Catsburg, Augusto Farfus and Martin Tomczyk will share the two cars across the 13-month ‘super season’.
The quartet will be joined by Tom Blomqvist, Alexander Sims and Philipp Eng for the 24 Hours of Le Mans
In IMSA, the RLL Racing team will once again field Sims and John Edwards, who will be joined by the incoming Connor De Phillippi and Jesse Krohn.
BMW also confirmed on Friday night that Tom Blomqvist would see out the Formula E season with its Andretti-affiliated team, having been benched for Kamui Kobayashi in Hong Kong.