IndyCar drivers to participate in Dan Wheldon Pro-Am Karting Event


A number of IndyCar drivers have committed to racing in the third annual Dan Wheldon Memorial Pro-Am Karting Challenge at New Castle (Ind.) Motorsports Park on Sept. 19.

Among the active and former IndyCar and Mazda Road to Indy drivers in the event to raise money for The Dan Wheldon Foundation and the Alzheimer’s Association are Scott Dixon, Sarah Fisher, Ed Carpenter and Sebastian Saavedra.

The event includes 20 corporate-sponsored teams with one professional and three amateur drivers in a timed two-hour race. Karts for the final segment will be driven by the professional racers. Fans are invited, with a driver autograph session a part of the day’s activities.

The event, which honors Dan Wheldon who was killed in an October 2011 race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, has raised $165,000 for the The Sue Wheldon Fund, “which has supported a New Investigator Research Grant and early-stage programs of the Greater Indiana Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association as well as the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter’s care and support programs.” Sue, Dan’s mother, died in April 2014.

“When we started this event in 2013, we did it to honor Dan’s legacy with support for charities that were near to his heart,” said his widow, Susie Wheldon, in a press release. “I’m amazed and humbled at what we’ve accomplished in just two short years and it is exciting to see the event grow and for everyone to have such a good time raising money for the foundation and the Alzheimer’s Association. I really hope we can fill all 20 (sponsorship) spots this year in order to raise the bar for 2016 and continue to touch lives through Dan’s legacy.”