IndyCar: Kanaan wins Dan Wheldon Memorial Pro-Am charity kart race (VIDEO)

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More than a dozen former or current IndyCar drivers competed in today’s Dan Wheldon Memorial Pro-Am charity kart race at the New Castle (Ind.) Motorsports Park.

In the end, Tony Kanaan – a former teammate and good friend of the late two-time Indianapolis 500 champion – held off a charging James Hinchcliffe to earn his second straight win in the event, which benefits Alzheimer’s research. Scott Dixon, another former teammate and friend of Wheldon’s, finished in third position.

Per NBCSN’s Robin Miller, other IndyCar pros past and present that competed today included: Marco Andretti, Ed Carpenter, Ryan Briscoe, Josef Newgarden, Sebastian Saavedra, J.R. Hildebrand, Sage Karam, Conor Daly, Jay Howard, and P.J. Chesson.

Also in attendance today were Wheldon’s widow, Susie; his sister, Holly, and his two young sons, Sebastian and Oliver. Five-year-old Sebastian led the field on the pace lap in his kart, and Holly also competed in the race as well.

For more on the special day, check out the feature from tonight’s NBC Nightly News in the clip above.