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Dan Wheldon is a Diaper Changing Champ

04/05/2009 at 05:00 PM ET
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Indy driver Dan Wheldon felt a surge of love and protection the minute his eight-week-old son Sebastian Daniel was born. It was such an overwhelming feeling that he wanted to do everything that he could to help his son, even change diapers. In fact, Dan’s wife Susie notes that the new dad “did 95 percent of the diaper changes” during the first two weeks of Sebastian’s life. The first diaper change, Dan will never forget!

“The first diaper change that I do at home on this changing station, I get his diaper down, cold air hits him, he pees right on my brand new carpet. What ya gonna do? It’s funny, because when it’s your child, you don’t care.”

Dan now knows that he has to be super fast with the diaper changes — and also in his racing career. “The last thing I want my child to see is Dad running around in the middle of the pack [on the track]. That would really upset me. And that would upset him,” says the former Indy 500 winner. “I would be embarrassed to take him to school with kids saying, ‘Hey, how’d your dad do this weekend?’ ‘Well, he finished fifth or sixth.’”

Speed is in Dan’s blood and he is hoping that it will be in Sebastian’s also. The 30-year-old began racing go-carts when he was a young boy and has joked with his wife that he should start his own carting team “because I need to get everything ironed out, so when [Sebastian] starts, he’s ready to go.” However, Dan might be more serious than he thinks about starting his own team because he often remembers “when my dad and I did it, and we have a lot of good stories. It’s good bonding for father and son.”

Source: St. Petersburg Times

–Angela

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Paige on

Cute story from Dan. Hopefully Sebastian will be part of IndyCar’s future stars. Sad that Dan didn’t finish the race today. He’d been running really good.

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What a great story. He sounds like a fabulous, hands on dad.

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