Notre Dame 8th-Grader is in the News


Waterford racer, 13, benefiting injured veterans

By Mike Brudenell, Detroit Free Press 8:28 a.m. EDT March 31, 2015
His favorite race driver is Austrian Niki Lauda.
His favorite movie is "Rush," the enthralling story of Lauda and Englishman James Hunt's battle for the 1976 Formula One World Drivers' Championship.
Logan Wenneshiemer drives like the wind — on snow, asphalt or dirt, which he favors most.
At 13, Waterford's Wenneshiemer already is a sprint-car veteran, at home in the cockpit of his No. 66 green open-wheel racer, capable of 140 m.p.h. that he nicknamed Fighting Irish after his school, Pontiac Notre Dame Prep, where Wenneshiemer is an eighth-grader.
Wenneshiemer's skill and speed behind the wheel set him apart from most kids his age — any age, really.
But it's not just his efforts on the track that make him so remarkable for someone so young.
As part of his Intense Racing team's charitable outreach program, Logan is heading a fund-raising drive for wounded U.S. military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.
About Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy
Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy is a private, Catholic, independent, coeducational day school located in Oakland County. The school's upper division enrolls students in grades nine through twelve and has been named one of the nation's best 50 Catholic high schools (Acton Institute) four times since 2005. Notre Dame's middle and lower divisions enroll students in jr. kindergarten through grade eight. All three divisions are International Baccalaureate "World Schools." NDPMA is conducted by the Marist Fathers and Brothers and is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States and the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement. For more on Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy, visit the school's home page at