Dan And Susie Wheldon
October 18, 2011 by staff
Dan And Susie Wheldon, Race car driver Dan Wheldon was known for his ability to high-octane on the track that won him twice the Indy500, but was less known as a devoted family man and a philanthropist in the making.
Wheldon, who died in a fire accident in Las Vegas on Sunday, began racing go-karts in his hometown of Emberton, England, when he was 4 years and competed in kart racing throughout his childhood and adolescence.
In 1999, he moved to the United States to pursue professional careers. Wheldon won the “Rookie of the Year” in its second race of the IndyCar Series in 2002, when he won a place on the track after Michael Andretti retired.
Wheldon, 33, was left IndyCar to continue competing in the Indy 500, which won twice in 2005 and 2011. It was only the driver 18 in the history of the race to win more than once.
He was also a bit superstitious, according to information released by his management company, DP Sports Management. Wheldon traditionally use his car in the nose three times before entering on the side of the gear stick of the vehicle.
Outside the race, Wheldon lived a quiet family life in St. Petersburg, Florida with his wife and two young children.
Before becoming a father for the first time in 2009, Wheldon told People magazine that his son was expected, Sebastian, would like to be proud of his father.
“He will want his father to be a winner, so I have to make this happen as quickly as possible,” said Wheldon.
He and his wife, long time personal assistant Susie Behm, welcomed their second son, Oliver, just seven months.
“There are times when there is no doubt yourself a little,” Wheldon said after winning Indy this year. “Through all this, she has been incredibly supportive and she understands that this is all I have done. Racing is all I’ve ever done. She knows that racing creates personality in me that she loves. So she was desperate to return to my home and in a race car. It’s good to provide for her, my two children, my family at home, too. ”
Later that year, he released an album of photos he called Lionheart, an illustrated book that he described as “almost like a photo biography of my career in IndyCars to this point.” He spent years editing the book, which includes dozens of photos of his life off the track, including images of your wedding.
“I wanted to have a lot of my entry,” said Wheldon last year. “Obviously it’s a reflection of me.”
“A lot of my wedding there,” said Wheldon. “I wanted to have a lot of pictures of my wife. She was the most beautiful bride on her wedding day in the world had ever seen.”
The star of the race also raised money for various charities, was a spokesman for the National Guard and awareness programs on education, and more recently began to raise money for Alzheimer’s research. His mother was diagnosed with an early onset form of the disease in 2009.
He also liked loud music, being a fan of the psychedelic band The Verve English.
Through eight seasons of racing, Wheldon posted 134 career starts, most of whom finished in the top ten. He also continued racing go-karts, while Indy do.
Wheldon’s engineers worked with IndyCar test management andanlysis of new vehicles for the safety of the competition on the track.
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