Godspeed Dan Wheldon

18 10 2011
Dan Wheldon, 2005 IRL IndyCar Series champion

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The auto-racing world says goodbye to one of its best open-wheel drivers. Daniel Clive “Dan” Wheldon was a two time winner of the prestigious Indianapolis 500 (2005 and 2011). He was the 2003 IRL IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year and 2005 IRL IndyCar Series champion.

Dan Wheldon died yesterday of  blunt force trauma to the head after being involved in a 15-car accident at the 2011 IZOD IndyCar World Championship at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The race was abandoned and the driver made a 5-lap salute in his honor.

He was born in Emberton in England and moved to the United States to pursue a career of a race car driver. His professional career spanned 10 years. He joined 133 races and winning 16 of them. He spent his most successful years at the IndyCar Series.

He is survived by his wife Susie and their 2 sons.

Rest in peace, Champ!

Dan Wheldon (22 June 1978 – 16 October 2011)