High-end simulator specialist SimCraft partners with Wheldon family

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The sons of the late IndyCar champion Dan Wheldon have partnered with high-end sim supplier SimCraft, helping them gain an edge in motorsport.
High-end simulator specialist SimCraft partners with Wheldon family

US-based simulator specialist SimCraft has announced it has signed Sebastian and Oliver Wheldon to its innovative ‘SimCraft Academy for Driver Development’, with both focusing on iRacing and its diverse lineup of tracks and cars.

Both Wheldons are junior development drivers with Andretti Global, a programme that features a clear pathway up the American motorsport ladder toward IndyCar, where their late father Dan won two Indy 500s and a single drivers’ title.

The partnership – which began in January after high-end sims were installed – already appears to be paying dividends: Oliver currently leads the USF Juniors Championship while Sebastian has won four out of his eight races so far this season, his first in cars.

Sebastian Wheldon takes a narrow win at VIRginia International Raceway (image courtesy of USF Juniors X account).

‘Thrilled’

“We’re thrilled to be joining SimCraft and excited about the opportunities ahead. The advanced technology and support from the SimCraft team will undoubtedly help us reach new levels in our racing careers,” said 15-year-old Sebastian, who is the reigning 2023 Skip Barber Formula Series champion.

SimCraft is a Georgia-based organisation specialising in supplying and installing high-end motion simulators to those looking for the extra edge in motorsport or those serious about their sim racing. High-profile clients include the likes of IMSA champions Jordan Taylor and Scott Pruett, as well as IndyCar and Champ Car champions Ryan Hunter-Reay and Paul Tracy respectively.

“At SimCraft, we are committed to developing the next generation of racing talent. Partnering with Oliver and Sebastian Wheldon is a testament to our dedication to innovation and excellence in motorsports,” stated SimCraft co-founder and Chief Technical Officer, Sean P. MacDonald.

High-end simulator specialist SimCraft partners with Wheldon family
13-year-old Oliver (L) and 15-year-old Sebastian Wheldon (R)

The partnership highlights how important it is for drivers to hone their driving technique, racecraft and track knowledge away from the paddock, helping them stay ahead of the opposition.

“Oliver and Sebastian show the same intensity and desire to win as their father and I am confident that this partnership with SimCraft will provide them with top-quality equipment and support that will help them to excel in their racing careers,” stated Adrian Sussmann, manager of Oliver, Sebastian and Dan Wheldon 

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