Newcastle IN.- Saturday September 20th at the Newcastle Motorsports Park the 2nd Dan Wheldon Memorial Pro-Am Karting Challenge was the latest heart warming race for charity. With Indycar drivers such as Tony Kanaan, Scott Dixon, Josef Newgarden, Sage Karam, Marco Andretti, Conor Daly, Ryan Briscoe, and more. But this was a little different this year with the eldest son of Dan Wheldon at the helm of a kart of his own. 5 year old Sebastian Wheldon was the driver of the pace car. Sebastian led the drivers around the track several times and for only being a 5 year old he was driving like he was very comfortable behind the wheel.
Before the race fans were lined up outside for an autograph session with the drivers and Sebastian was also playing a role there as well and he seemed to be used to signing his name. The media was paying more attention to him than the driver’s. Sebastian was a definite hit with the crowd, all trying to get his autograph.
The race start off with Sebastian leading the driver’s in the Pace Kart and after he went off the track the fun began. Drivers knew this was about fun and they played as they competed. It was action packed as the driver’s tried bumping each other and the track officials keep them from getting out of hand. Holly Wheldon (Dan’s sister) and the aunt to Sebastian was also in the race as she enjoy’s kart racing herself. Holly had a great performance during her 15 minutes as she gave as much as she took from the bumping in the turns.
Each team comprised of four driver’s each driving for 15 minutes were vying position for the final round. The final round brought the Pro’s in and it was a tight race as the lead changed several times. Sage Karam held first place two different times before falling back into the pack.
Later on It was Tony Kanaan who would finish in first beating out James Hinchcliffe for his second straight win at the Dan Wheldon Memorial Karting Challenge.
Here is the winning team of Big Machine Records as they celebrate their second win in this awesome karting event.