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Dan Wheldon Documentary “The Lionheart” Premieres March 12

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HBO sports documentary “The Lionheart,” directed and produced by filmmaker Laura Brownson, will make its debut on Tuesday, March 12 at 9:00 PM ET/PT on HBO and will also be available to stream on Max.

The documentary explores the tragic death of two-time Indianapolis 500 champion Dan Wheldon, fondly known as “The Lionheart,” who lost his life in a devastating crash at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 2011. This event sent shockwaves through the world of motorsports. Ten years later, Dan’s two sons, Sebastian and Oliver, are following in their father’s footsteps as they grapple with their loss by pursuing their passion for racing.

“The Lionheart” weaves together archival footage with vérité storytelling to tell two intertwined stories. One focuses on Dan’s remarkable career, while the other delves into the present-day lives of Susie Wheldon, Dan’s widow, and their sons Sebastian and Oliver. As Susie wrestles with her grief and navigates the challenges of raising her sons alone, Sebastian (12) and Oliver (10) embrace racing as a way to honor their late father. The film not only chronicles an epic sports story but also delves into Susie’s inner conflict as she questions whether her family’s racing lineage is a blessing or a burden.

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Throughout this emotional journey, viewers are introduced to key participants who lend insight into Dan Wheldon’s legacy. These include Susie Wheldon herself along with Sebastian and Oliver. Additionally, race car drivers like Dario Franchitti, Tony Kanaan, Bryan Herta, Scott Dixon; racing team owners Michael Andretti and Chip Ganassi; JC Karting team owner Leo Colman; and others share their perspectives.

“The Lionheart” is a powerful collaboration between HBO Sports Documentaries presents THE LIONHEART, TIME Studios Production, Stardust Frames Production, in association with Words + Pictures and XTR. Laura Brownson serves as the director of the film and also produces alongside Chapman Way, Maclain Way, and Carolyn Craddock. The executive producers include Ian Orefice, Loren Hammonds, Rebecca Teitel, Connor Schell, Aaron Cohen, Kristen Lappas, Bryn Mooser, Justin Lacob, and Andy Hsieh. For HBO, Nancy Abraham, Lisa Heller, and Bentley Weiner serve as executive producers.

Don’t miss this extraordinary documentary that offers a glimpse into the legacy of Dan Wheldon and how his sons navigate their own racing careers while carrying on their father’s spirit. Tune in to HBO on March 12 to experience “The Lionheart” firsthand or stream it on Max for an insightful exploration of love, loss, and resilience within the world of professional racing.

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