Dan Wheldon, 2 times winner of Indianapolis 500, died in a 15-car wreck on Sunday, 16th October while he was driving in a 300 miles IndyCar Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
When the race was started, Wheldon was the 34th of 34 racing cars but when he hit 13th lap he was heading for the front and then all of a sudden he became victim of the 15-car crash. Wheldon was flown by a helicopter to the University Medical Center in Las Vegas for treatment but his injuries were too serious to recover. After 2 hours, he was declared as dead. He was 33.
The race was cancelled after the crash and in a meeting fellow drivers were told that Wheldon was dead.
“IndyCar is very sad to announce that Dan Wheldon has passed away from un-survivable injury. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family today,” Randy Bernard (IndyCar Series CEO) said.
Wheldon’s family includes his wife and two very young sons which are left to live their lives without him.
“Right now I’m numb and speechless. One minute you’re joking around in driver intros and the next he’s gone,” Franchitti said who raced with Wheldon at Andretti Green Racing.
“He was six years old when I first met him. He was this little kid and the next thing you know he was my team mate,” said Franchitti.
“This is going to be an amazing shows,” Wheldon wrote in the blog posts for USA Today on Saturday,”The two championship contenders, Dario Franchitti and Will Power, are starting right next to each other in the middle of the grid. Honestly, if I can be fast enough early in the race to be able to get up there and latch onto those two, it will be pure entertainment. It’s going to be a pack race, and you never know how that’s going to turn out.”