CARA Charities Ornaments

CARA Charities has debuted two holiday ornaments -- one designed and being presented by Susie Wheldon, along with her sons, Sebastian and Oliver. 

The unique ornament  features the “Lionheart,” the symbol that exemplified the exceptional courage and bravery of Dan Wheldon, the two-time Indianapolis 500 champion who lost his life in a racing accident in 2011.  

Tony Kanaan, a good friend of the Wheldons, designed a driver ornament, which was presented at the CARA Charities fashion show in May. The ornament displays Kanaan's sense of fun and includes a small Lionheart in tribute to Wheldon.

"It was an honor for my children and I to design a special ornament for CARA in memory of their father and my late husband Dan,” Susie Wheldon said. “We made it through this last year with a tremendous amount of support from the racing community, and it was a privilege to be able to give back in a small way.  Dan continues to shine and make an impact through the legacy he left behind, and I am grateful our children will have so many wonderful examples of how their father made a difference through his passion for life, his family and racing.  We hope that everyone will enjoy this ornament as much as we enjoyed designing it."

CARA Charities has been featuring holiday ornaments designed by the drivers of open-wheel racing since 1992, when the first one was designed by three-time Indianapolis 500 champion Johnny Rutherford.  The CARA Charities line of holiday merchandise also includes a cookbook, featuring a collection of recipes from drivers, owners and others in motorsports. 

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