Dan Wheldon killed in crash at IndyCar season finale


Dan Wheldon, Bryan Herta Autosport with Curb/Agajanian

Wheldon pictured at the Indianapolis 500, which he won earlier this year

Dan Wheldon has lost his life following a crash at the start of the IndyCar season finale in Las Vegas.

Wheldon was running in the middle of the 34-car pack when the crash happened after 12 laps had been completed.

He was taken by helicopter to the University Medical Centre but succumbed to his injuries

IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard announced the news following a meeting with the drivers. He said: “IndyCar is sad to announce that Dan Wheldon passed away from unsurvivable injuries.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Dan and his family. IndyCar, its drivers and teams have decided to end the race. We will run a five-lap salute in honour of Dan.”

Fifteen cars were involved in the crash and three other drivers – Will Power, Pippa Mann and JR Hildebrand – were also injured.

The race was red-flagged and stopped following the accident, and abandoned after the news of Wheldon’s condition was announced. The remaining drivers staged a five-lap display run in Wheldon’s honour.

Wheldon, 33, won the IndyCar series in 2005. He won the Indianapolis 500 for the second time earlier this year in addition to the victory he scored in his championship year.

He did not have a full-time drive in the series in 2011 and the Las Vegas event was his third race of the year. He had started the race from last place and was in the running for a special prize of $5 million had he won.


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195 comments on Dan Wheldon killed in crash at IndyCar season finale

  1. deanmachine (@deanmachine) said on 16th October 2011, 23:34

    RIP Dan Wheldon :(

  2. Elliot Horwood (@elliothorwoodf1) said on 16th October 2011, 23:34

    Rip Dan Wheldon! Brilliant guy and a talented driver!

  3. streetfightingman said on 16th October 2011, 23:35


    very tragic =/

  4. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 16th October 2011, 23:35

    Wow. What a shock. The initial accident didn’t look that bad, just two guys making contact and finding the wall. But then it snowballed and two more cars became airborne, and that was bad enough … but then Wheldon arrived on-scene, sailing through the air, and you knew it was a bad accident. I can only hope he didn’t suffer, that the force of the impact was enough to knock him out and that he never had to feel anything, because that was one of the worst accidents I’ve ever seen.

    Rest in peace.

  5. Mild7nick (@mild7nick) said on 16th October 2011, 23:36

    Just stunned.

    RIP Dan

  6. Magnificent Geoffrey (@magnificent-geoffrey) said on 16th October 2011, 23:36

    If there is any justice in the universe, Dan Wheldon will tonight be taking his rightful place alongside Fangio, Senna, Earnhardt, Brock and all the other motorsport immortals.

    RIP Dan Wheldon.

  7. Cuthbert23 (@cuthbert23) said on 16th October 2011, 23:36

    Sad sad day for mothor-racing, only followed Indy from this season!

    I pray to never have to watch another death in any form of motor-racing.

    Whoever runs the Indy series needs to get rid of oval tracks, open wheel racing is dangerous another let alone on an oval!!

    RIP Dan

  8. Carlitox (@carlitox) said on 16th October 2011, 23:37

    RIP… I was shocked by the crash itself… even if Dan had survived I would still be paralyzed… we will miss him a lot

  9. mikepaterson (@mikepaterson) said on 16th October 2011, 23:38

    I am so very sad to hear of the death of such a great English driver. I followed his career from his days as a chubby teenager to the heights of Indycar Champion and double Indy500 winner. His win this year was amazing and a fitting tribute. RIP Dan.

  10. taurus (@taurus) said on 16th October 2011, 23:38

    RIP Dan. Horrible stuff.

  11. Calum (@calum) said on 16th October 2011, 23:40

    Rest in peace, Dan Wheldon.

  12. LucaBadoerFan (@lucabadoerfan) said on 16th October 2011, 23:42

    absolutely terrible news. to think, he posted on twitter just over two hours ago, and, tragically, his life is now lost. rest easy, dan.

  13. F1Yankee (@f1yankee) said on 16th October 2011, 23:43

    this is just terrible.

    aside from the wheldon family, open wheel oval racing will struggle to overcome this.

  14. MattHT (@mattht) said on 16th October 2011, 23:43

    Stunned and saddened. I saw the Senna crash on TV in 94 but was too young to really take it in. Watching events unfold tonight was heartbreaking. Will stay with me for a very long time i fear.

  15. djdaveyp85 (@djdaveyp87) said on 16th October 2011, 23:44

    That is horrifying. RIP Dan Wheldon.

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