Monday, 24 March 2014
Like father, like son - Sebastian Wheldon takes to the track
Sebastian Wheldon, son of the late Dan Weldon, gave us a glimpse of things to come last week when he led a star studded field in a go kart race for an IndyCar promotional event in Palmetto, Florida.
Despite only being a pace lap, the youngster still impressed the established stars.
"He's the real deal," said Marco Andretti. "He had the whole field right behind him, and he didn't flinch. He even hit the apexes."
Sebastian's mother Susie spoke of her son's passion for racing, saying he often asks 'Mommy, is today a karting day?' He's also said to be very specific about his racing, just like his father.
"I know it was Dan's passion" she said. "He's only five so he has a long road ahead of him but he's really enjoying it and it's just so much fun watching him take that path".
Since getting his first kart last October, the young Wheldon has been practising three or four times a week for a few hours at a time. His first race will be next month when he takes to the track in South Carolina.
Following in the footsteps of his two-time Indy 500 winning father, five year old Sebastian led a field containing the likes of Marco Andretti, Simon Pagenaud and Sebastien Bourdais for an honorary pace lap in the event that kicked of the week leading up to the IndyCar season opener this weekend.