A terrible tragedy has left a young family mourning, thousands of friends and fans crying for Indy 500 winner Dan Wheldon, killed at Indy 300 after he was involved in a 15 car crash in Las Vegas. Video of the crash during lap 515 has been released and we have added it below.
The IZOD Indy Car series at Las Vegas Motor Speedway was tainted by a terrible tragedy, it occurred during lap 12, where these amazing drivers took their cars up to 220 mph and when a talented driver lost his life. 15 was the number of cars involved in this horrific car crash where Dan Wheldon, in his Dallara Honda, went airborne in the massive car pile-up and hit the fence in flames, he was rushed via helicopter to the hospital where 20 doctors tried to have his life, Dan was pronounced dead two hours later.
Fellow drivers couldn’t contain the tears, Dario Franchitti won the race, but it wasn’t a happy moment, the total opposite, extremely sad. The moment the Scottish driver was spotted by cameras, he was crying uncontrollably, a five laps drive was done in Dan’s honor.
Let me tell you just a little bit about 33 year-old Dan Wheldon, he became this year’s Indy 500 winner on May 29th, 2011 he previously won in 2005. He has been racing with Bryan Herta Autosport since this year after he was replaced from Panther Racing by J.R. Hildebrand.
Wheldon, born in Olney, England became Jenson Betton’s rival since he was 16. At age 22 he moved to the U.S. in 1999, met his wife Susie in 2003 and married her three years later. They have two sons together, 3 year-old Sebastian and 7 month-old Oliver.
We are deeply saddened by this tragedy, there are no words to express the sorrow. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and fans throughout this terrible time. The car crash video at Las Vegas Speedway is below, feel free to express your thoughts and/ or send your condolences to Dan’s family and friends.
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