Andretti Autosport announced on Thursday that their long-time sponsor, Gainbridge will support Oliver and Sebastian Wheldon over the course of their motorsport endeavours.
The pair who are sons of 2005 NTT INDYCAR SERIES champion and two-Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon are continuing his legacy having been signed to Andretti Autosport’s young driver programme.
Dan drove for Andretti Autosport in 2003, subbing for the injured Dario Franchitti. He drove the team in 2004 and 2005.
Speaking about the Gainbridge news, Andretti Autosport owner, Chairman and CEO Michael Andretti said:
We announced in 2021 that we’d be helping Sebastian and Oliver to climb the ranks and develop their careers, and I’m very happy to welcome Gainbridge as a supporter in their growth. Both boys have continued to impress us through their karting competition, and Sebastian recently completed a successful test day in an F4 car. They are on the right track and we have no doubt they will continue to positively build the legacy set by Dan.
Susie Wheldon, Oliver and Sebastian’s mom commented saying:
I am so grateful to Michael and the Andretti Autosport organization. The junior ladder system in formula racing can be difficult to navigate and it’s overwhelming at times. To now have the support of Gainbridge is a game changer. For the boys to have a partner that is invested in their future as racing drivers is incredible. A huge thank you to Dan Towriss and the entire Gainbridge team. It is exciting to see Sebastian and Oliver progress through the ranks and this brings them one step closer to realizing their goals.
Sebastian Wheldon said:
I’ve been working really hard and this year I’m ready to move out of karts and into cars. It’s a big transition, but I’m excited. I couldn’t do any of it without the support of my family or without a sponsor like Gainbridge joining us. I want to thank Michael and Mr. (Dan) Towriss for believing in me. I am looking forward to the year ahead and learning a lot.”
Oliver Wheldon commented saying:
I’m super excited to be part of the Gainbridge team and for the year ahead in karting. I think Andretti Autosport and Gainbridge can help me a lot as I work to become a professional racing driver. Thank you to Mr. (Dan) Towriss and everyone at Gainbridge. I will continue to work hard to win at the karting level and look forward to what’s ahead.”