Memorial race to honour Dan

Dan Wheldon, Vauxhall Junior Championship, September, 1996
Dan Wheldon, Vauxhall Junior Championship, September, 1996

BRITISH racing star Dan Wheldon will be honoured with a memorial endurance kart race taking place at Daytona.

Stars from across the world of motorsport will be driving on the day to remember their friend in the most appropriate of ways.

On December 5, race organiser Johnny Mowlem, has arranged for former Formula One World Champion and friend of Dan, Jenson Button, to line up against reigning IndyCar champion Dario Franchitti.

Also appearing on the day will be sports car star Anthony Davidson, Le Mans winner Guy Smith and World Touring Car Championship title contender Rob Huff.

It is hoped the grid will be made up of drivers who knew or raced alongside the double Indy 500 winner and IndyCar champion.

Johnny said: “I just wanted to put together an event to honour Dan. Aside from raising funds for one of the family’s chosen charities, I wanted to bring together people who knew and raced with Dan, to have some fun in his honour and give him a send off he would have been proud of.

“The event has the full support of Dan’s family and his dad and brothers will be taking part and sharing in the evening. I hope members of the public will also appreciate the opportunity to take part and remember one of Britain’s most successful and charismatic champions.”

Between 25 and 30 teams of four people will be taking part on the day. Each team will be made up of one professional driver and three members of the public.

The event will start at 6pm with a drivers’ briefing at 6.30pm. Practise will then begin at 7pm before the race starts at around 7.40pm. An awards presentation will take place at 9.50pm.

The endurance race will last two hours and spaces are still available for £175. They can be booked by calling 0845 644 5503 or by email at dwmkr@daytona.co.uk.

The professional drivers taking place will also be making a charity donation to the family’s chosen charity, The Alzheimer’s Society.

Dan tragically lost his life in the final round of the IZOD IndyCar series in Las Vegas last month.

He was honoured at a memorial service in his home town of Emberton on Sunday which attracted some of the biggest names in motorsport including Button, Red Bull driver Mark Webber and F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone.