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Dan Wheldon IndyCar Racer Dies At The Indy 300



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LAS VEGAS (AP) - Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon died Sunday in a fiery 15-car wreck at Las Vegas Motor Speedway when his car flew over another on Lap 13 and smashed into the wall just outside turn 2.
Wheldon was 33. Drivers were told of Wheldon's death in a meeting about two hours after the fiery, smoky crash that many drivers said was the worst they had ever seen.
He won the Indianapolis 500 twice, including this year.
"IndyCar is very sad to announce that Dan Wheldon has passed away from unsurvivable injuries,'' IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family today. IndyCar, its drivers and owners, have decided to end the race. In honor of Dan Wheldon, the drivers have decided to do a five-lap salute to in his honor.''
Three other drivers, including championship contender Will Power, were hurt in the pileup.
The wreck left Townsend Bell upside down and smoldering cars and debris littered the track nearly halfway up the straightaway of the 1.5-mile oval.
The track was red-flagged following the accidents while crews worked on fences and removed smashed cars.
Wheldon started in the back of the pack but quickly worked his way through the 34-car field before the wreck.
"It was like a movie scene which they try to make as gnarly as possible,'' said Danica Patrick, making her final IndyCar start. "It was debris everywhere across the whole track, you could smell the smoke, you could see the billowing smoke on the back straight from the car. There was a chunk of fire that we were driving around. You could see cars scattered.
Drivers had been concerned about the high speeds at the track, where they were hitting nearly 225 mph during practice.
Their concerns became reality when contact on Turn 2 sent cars flying through the air, crashing into each other and into the outside wall and catch fence.
"I'll tell you, I've never seen anything like it,'' Ryan Briscoe said. "The debris we all had to drive through the lap later, it looked like a war scene from Terminator or something. I mean, there were just pieces of metal and car on fire in the middle of the track with no car attached to it and just debris everywhere. So it was scary, and your first thoughts are hoping that no one is hurt because there's just stuff everywhere. Crazy.''
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Re: Dan Wheldon IndyCar Racer Dies At The Indy 300

Was watching this live when it happened about 2hrs agoGood british driver too

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Re: Dan Wheldon IndyCar Racer Dies At The Indy 300

Holy shit...


The amazing thing is that this doesn't happen MORE.
The speed these guys travel is mind-blowing when you think about it.

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Re: Dan Wheldon IndyCar Racer Dies At The Indy 300

God bless him and his family.

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Re: Dan Wheldon IndyCar Racer Dies At The Indy 300

This just happened on 10/16? Forgive me if I'm wrong. Would be interested to see if more footage is released if so.

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Re: Dan Wheldon IndyCar Racer Dies At The Indy 300

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Re: Dan Wheldon IndyCar Racer Dies At The Indy 300

Horrible. Leaves two little kiddies

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Re: Dan Wheldon IndyCar Racer Dies At The Indy 300

Does anybody know what injuries he sustained?Iv had a look but cant find anything,.....im sure he must of been burnt real bad but when the accident happened i got confused as to which car was his,but thought his was the one on fire

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Re: Dan Wheldon IndyCar Racer Dies At The Indy 300

Hoping to see more pics in the near future..

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