Button confirmed for Wheldon memorial race
Jenson Button will race in a karting event in memory of Dan Wheldon in Milton Keynes on December 5.
The McLaren driver will join reigning IndyCar champion Dario Franchitti, former Formula One driver Anthony Davidson, Le Mans winner Guy Smith and World Touring Car Championship title contender Rob Huff in the endurance event at Daytona Milton Keynes.
Race organiser Johnny Mowlem, a close friend of twice Indy 500 winner Wheldon, hopes to fill the grid with drivers who knew or raced alongside the 2005 IndyCar champion along with members of the public.
“I just wanted to put together an event to honour Dan," said Mowlem.
"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 share 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 each - including a professional driver and three members of the public - will take part in the two-hour race aboard DMAX 125cc two-stroke water-cooled karts.
The track is 10 miles from Wheldon’s hometown of Emberton in Buckinghamshire.
He lost his life in the final round of the IndyCar series at Las Vegas last month.