Brothers Sebastian as well as Oliver Wheldon, kids of the late Dan Wheldon, have actually signed up with Andretti Autosport‘s chauffeur advancement program, the group revealed on Friday.
The young boys will certainly lug the Andretti badge as they contend on top nationwide degree of karting in the United States: Rok Cup U.S.A., Super Karts U.S.A. as well as United States Pro Kart Series while taking on JC Karting. They will certainly obtain occupation oversight as well as guidance from the Andretti group as they function their means up the Road to Indy ladder to possibly someday contend in the exact same collection their papa did.
“Dan was family to us, and we had a lot of on track success together,” claimed Andretti Autosport Chief Executive Officer Michael Andretti.
“We see a lot of Dan in both Sebastian and Oliver and are very proud to officially welcome them into our racing family. No one will ever be able to replace Dan in their lives, but we’re happy to offer a network for mentorship to help the boys grow their careers. Karting is the first step, but we have hopes of helping foster promising Road to Indy, and eventually even IndyCar opportunities.”
Susie Wheldon, the young boys’ mom as well as widow of Dan, revealed her appreciation to the Andretti group for their assistance in the advancement of her kids.
“I am so grateful to Michael for taking Sebastian and Oliver under his wing,” she claimed.
“The junior ranks of racing are so difficult to navigate and to have the support of Andretti Autosport’s engineering resources will, I’m sure, make all the difference. I am reminded of Dan every time the boys pull on their helmets as they have the same determination and winning attitude. They often show some of Dan’s other traits too. Good luck, Michael!”
The young boys likewise revealed their exhilaration as well as aspiration to someday make it to the NTT IndyCars And Truck Series.
“I’m really excited to be a junior driver for Michael Andretti and follow in my dad’s footsteps. I hope Oliver and I can both win the Indy 500 too,” claimed Sebastian, 12.
“It would be so cool to race for Andretti Autosport one day. I think we will get to win a lot of races, just like my dad,” claimed Oliver, 10.
Dan invested 3 years of his IndyAuto occupation with Andretti from 2003 to 2005, accumulating 9 of his 15 occupation victories, 1 of his 2 occupation Indianapolis 500 triumphes in 2005, as well as the collection champion that exact same year. Wheldon unfortunately died in 2011 after catching injuries suffered in an accident at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where he was thrust right into the catchfence.