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Our First Scheduled Guest

Susie Wheldon





Susie Wheldon says the time was finally right to step out and promote her husband’s legacy.To that end, she is the driving force behind the Dan Wheldon Memorial Pro-Am Karting Challenge to be held Saturday, September 20th, at New Castle (Ind.) Motorsports Park, one of the Midwest’s top karting facilities and the host of Sunday’s 10th-annual Robopong 200.Saturday’s all-star event (12:30 p.m., no admission charge) will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association, which has been helpful to Dan’s mother, Sue, who was diagnosed with the disease in 2009. Participating in the two-hour race will be much of the IndyCar paddock, along with members of the Wheldon family (father Clive, sister Holly and brothers Elliott and Austin).“They’re all avid go-karters,” said Susie Wheldon, who will not compete.

The field includes IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon, who was Wheldon’s teammate at Ganassi Racing for two years. Dixon’s family helped the Wheldons in the months after the 2011 crash at Las Vegas Motor Speedway by moving to St. Petersburg, Fla., to help Susie and her young boys, Sebastian and Oliver.Susie Wheldon said the family has felt the support of everything in the IndyCar community, and this is a first step to giving back.“I knew I wanted to do something eventually,” she said. “Dan liked to run (the Robopong) every chance he got, so this seemed like a natural thing for us.“I obviously knew how great of a person Dan was, but the support has been overwhelming. It confirms to me what a great person he was, and it shows my children the support I’m still receiving and they’re receiving.”Dan Wheldon won the first of his two Indianapolis 500s in 2005, the same year he followed his IndyCar Series championship with a Robopong title co-driving with Mark Dismore Jr. Dismore’s family owns the New Castle track along Interstate 70, about an hour east of Indianapolis.

Saturday’s race will feature 12 teams sponsored by corporations such as Firestone and GoDaddy.Among the IndyCar drivers participating will be Dixon, James Hinchcliffe, Simon Pagenaud, J.R. Hildebrand, Josef Newgarden, Ed Carpenter, Tristan Vautier, Sebastián Saavedra, Alex Tagliani, Conor Daly and former driver Bryan Herta. Indy Lights champion Sage Karam and the driver he beat, Gabby Chavez, also will participate. Marino Franchitti will substitute for his injured brother, Dario.

There will be a free autograph session at 11:45 a.m. and a silent auction featuring a signed uniform Wheldon wore in the Robopong.Many of the same drivers, in addition to Will Power and Simona de Silvestro, will compete in Sunday’s Robopong event that starts at noon. It’s a 200-mile race that features two to three drivers per kart. - See more at: http://autoweek.com/article/indycar/dan-wheldon-memorial-pro-am-karting-challenge-will-feature-several-indycar-drivers#sthash.2aJPYff1.dpuf
Our Third Scheduled Guest

Simon Pagenaud


When teams convened at Fontana’s Auto Club Speedway, California, for the final clash of the 2014 IndyCar Series, Simon Pagenaud was still in contention for the title. Unfortunately, he was unable to keep his chances alive all the way because of a handling issue with his Dallara-Honda. He completed the race in 20th position to end up fifth in the final standings with a score for the year of two victories, one pole position, eight top-five finishes and 12 results inside the top-10. After the finale, Simon was swift to underline the excellent year-long performance of his team, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.
Simon said : “We don’t know exactly what the source of our problem at Fontana was. The car will need to be inspected to find out. I’m obviously disappointed because I wanted to have a shot at the title. It just wasn’t our night, though. Nothing went to plan. Our result at the last race of the year doesn’t do justice to the incredible work everyone in the team has put in. We fought as hard as we could all season, right up to the last race against Penske which is a fantastic operation. Congratulations to Will [Power] and to his team on winning the championship. As for us, I believe we were strong each time out. We won two races and I think we have done a tremendous job over the past three years. I am really proud of the guys at Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. It’s been an incredible time!”
 
Our Second Scheduled Guest


Gary Mondschein


I am a third generation racer. My Grandfather, Henry, raced motorcycles in the 20's and 30's on the board tracks for Indian. He retired in 1935. My father, Mel, Raced from the early 1960's to the late 1980's in TQ Midgets, Full Midgets and Sports Cars. I began my racing career in 1977 in Atlantic City Convention Hall in a TQ Midget and concluded my competitive racing around 2005. During my career I ran everything from Go-Karts, Micro Sprints, TQ Midgets, Full Midgets, Sprint Cars, Silver Crown. Most of my career was spent behind the wheel of an ARDC Midget. I ran tracks from Florida to Maine (ARDC, NEMA and USAC) and west to Phoenix. I served as ARDC's Vice President and business manager for many years.
I am currently very active in the Vintage arena. I started a Vintage TQ organization in 2011 that has grown exponentially. In addition, I have a 1966 Gerhardt Ford Indy Car under restoration. I have promoted the Vintage Indy Car events at Pocono Raceway over the last 2 years and I am actively seeking to promote more vintage events.
Our Fourth Scheduled Guest


TBA

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