The 9-year-old son of two-time Indy 500 winner Dan Wheldon spent Thursday morning at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Sebastian drove a Hot Wheels-wrapped go-kart through Gasoline Alley and onto the track’s frontstretch. There, he parked, climbed out and kissed the iconic yard of bricks at the start/finish line, as he did with his father 7 years ago.

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The promotional event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is all part of the Hot Wheels INDYCAR Junior Grand Prix powered by K1 Speed. A host of youngsters will compete in three regional karting events for the chance to advance to the Junior Grand Prix Championship Race at San Francisco’s K1 Speed facility on September 13, 2018, held in conjunction with the IndyCar Series season finale at Sonoma Raceway.

The top three finishers from Thursday’s event will advance to compete against qualifiers from similar events on June 7 in Arlington, Texas, and on July 12 in Toronto. Those qualifiers are being held in conjunction with the IndyCar Series race weekends at Texas Motor Speedway and the streets of Toronto.

Dan Wheldon was a big part of Indycar racing, and having his legacy continue on through his children brings a different level of significance to the Junior Grand Prix.

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