IndyCar Stars Join the Fun and Raise Funds
INDIANAPOLIS (March 4, 2019) – The Dan Wheldon Memorial Pro-Am Karting Challenge will return to New Castle Motorsports Park for the 4th time on Sunday, May 5, 2019. The event has been a popular one with the racers and sponsors of IndyCar, many of whom were close friends and competitors of Wheldon’s during his racing career and are glad to be able to give back and support the fundraiser. Early driver participants include IndyCar racers Scott Dixon, the events 2015 professional driver winner, James Hinchcliffe, Tony Kanaan and Josef Newgarden along with our corporate partner Firestone. The event is free for spectators and an autograph session is held for fans prior to the race.
Participants race to raise money for The Dan Wheldon Foundation. The Dan Wheldon Foundation has provided over $187,000 to establish The Sue Wheldon Fund that supports Alzheimer’s research and an additional $150,000 was raised to support IndyCar related needs with recipients such as the Wilson Children’s Fund.
The karting challenge will continue in a similar format as years past with space for a total of 20 corporate-sponsored teams consisting of one professional driver and three amateur drivers for a timed 2-hour event. The teams will participate in two practice sessions and then the timed race with the final stint consisting of professional racers.
The goal for 2019 is to completely fill the field of 20 teams. “We took a brief hiatus from the event but we are back and so excited for 2019,” said Dan’s wife, Susie Wheldon. “I continue to be humbled by the amount of money that has been raised by Dan’s colleagues and our corporate partners. It is a huge tribute to Dan’s memory that the event has been so successful and been able to provide support to causes that have been so near to our hearts.”
If you would like to participate, there are still opportunities to create a team for the 2019 event. You can get information on being part of the event by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org .