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Overwhelming Support For Dan Wheldon Memorial Kart Race
Old 1 Dec 2011 14:11
Category: General
The Dan Wheldon Memorial Kart Race, set to take place at Daytona Milton Keynes on Monday, December 5, has received overwhelming support from fans and the motor racing industry alike, all wishing to race in Danís honour while raising funds for the Wheldon familyís chosen charity, Alzheimerís Society.

Due to the unprecedented outpouring of support for the double Indy 500 winner and IndyCar Champion, who lost his life in the final round of the IZOD IndyCar Series at Las Vegas in October, the grid has been stretched to its absolute maximum with 36 teams of four drivers due to line-up on Monday evening.

Aptly, Danís Dad, Clive, and his siblings Austen, Elliott, Ashley and Holly, will all be joining the race taking place just 10 miles from Danís hometown of Emberton, Buckinghamshire.

An unrivalled gathering of professional drivers from across the realms of worldwide motor sport will join together in Danís memory for the race organised by Danís friend, sportscar ace Johnny Mowlem.

Dario Franchitti, Jenson Button, Anthony Davidson, David Coulthard, Guy Smith, Jonny Kane, Rob Huff, James Hinchcliffe, Johnny Herbert, David Brabham, Marino Franchitti, Martin and Alex Brundle, Mike Conway, James Jakes, Adam Carroll, Chris Buncombe, Richard Dean, Steven Kane, Sam Hancock, Luke Hines, Marc Hynes, Nic Minassian, Jason Plato, James Rossiter, Peter Dumbreck, Richard Lyons, Sam Bird, Duncan Tappy, James Thompson, Tom Sisley, Ollie Hancock and Danny Watts are all confirmed to attend.

Mowlemís event aim is simply to offer the opportunity for those who loved, raced, worked and admired Dan to give him a send off he would have been proud of. To ensure that focus firmly remains, Mowlem has announced an additional fun element of which Dan would have approved, while generating more valuable funds for Alzheimerís Society.

The Cash for Penalties system will mean that any driver, whether professional or public, can pay for penalties to be bestowed on any team - whether by way of buying laps or black flags.

Mowlem commented: ďThe response for Danís Memorial Kart Race has been unbelievable and really touching, from members of the public wanting to race in honour of their hero to professional drivers all too willing to give up their free time for their fallen friend.

ďThe Cash for Penalties system is just another way to raise some charity funds while helping to ensure that the racing doesnít get too serious. We are there to remember one of the countryís most charismatic and talented champions and I donít want that to be forgotten while weíre having fun in Danís honour.

ďThe event sold out within just a few hours and although we increased the teams to Daytonaís maximum it sadly wasnít possible to fulfil everyoneís request to race. I canít thank everyone enough for their support. Itís going to be a fantastic night and I am so pleased that Clive, Holly, Ashley, Elliott and Austen will be joining us. I hope we can do them, and of course Dan, proud.Ē

Daytona will open for the Dan Wheldon Memorial Kart Race at 6pm. Driversí briefing will be held at 6.30pm, practice at 7pm and the two-hour endurance race will start at 7.40pm. The evening will conclude with an awards presentation at 9.50pm. Due to limited spectator capacity, only drivers and their guests will be permitted.
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