IndyCar drivers come together for Dan Wheldon Go-Kart event

kartclose It’s a test of skill this weekend for 15 professional IndyCar drivers! The Dan Wheldon Memorial Pro-Am Karting Challenge kicks off this weekend, honoring Justin Wilson and supporting the Dan Wheldon Foundation. The event, in its 3rd year, has become a popular off-season event with the stars and partners of IndyCar, and driver James Hinchcliffe rolled in our studios this morning to tell us more!

karttrackEvent Info:

1) When & Where: Saturday, September 19, 2015 @ New Castle Motorsports Park

New Castle Motorsports Park
5816 South County 125 West
New Castle, IN 47362

2) Event times—-FREE to the Public—but donations are accepted to support the Dan Wheldon Foundation

*Donations are accepted 2 ways—1) monetary   2) purchase merchandise that will be on-sale onsite

*Merchandise includes a limited edition item—this year, it is a scarf! You can also purchase hats, t-shirts, pins with the proceeds going to the foundation.

1st Practice Session:               10 a.m.

All Driver Autograph Session:           11:30 – 12:15 p.m.

Pro-Am Race:                         12:45 – 2:30 p.m.

3) Format:

*Sponsors purchased a team for $9,800 to commemorate Dan’s #98 car and New Castle Motorsports Park prepares the Karts

*3 amateur drivers paired with 1 professional driver

*They run practice sessions then race with a victory podium and bragging rights. The pro drivers all run the last stint of the race.

*Defending Champion is the Big Machine Records Team with IndyCar Driver Tony Kanaan

4) Where does the money raised go?

*Over the last 2 years, the events has raised $229,000
*Portions go to Alzheimers’ Association in honor of Dan’s Mom
*This year the funds raised will also support the family of Justin Wilson—His wife Julia, and two daughters.

kartclose25) Drivers Participating: 16 confirmed drivers so far:

Scott Dixon
Josef Newgarden
James Hinchcliffe
Marco Andretti
Sage Karam
Ed Carpenter
Will Power
Ryan Briscoe
Gabby Chaves
Sebastian Saavedra
Jack Harvey
Sarah Fisher
Jay Howard
James Davison
Spencer PIgot
Matthew Brabham

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