Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon dies in wild race crash

Car goes airborne before hitting wall
Oct 17, 2011

Dan Wheldon

British racing driver Dan Wheldon--a two-time winner of the Indianapolis 500 (2005 and 2011) and 2005 Indy Racing League IndyCar Series champion--died after being fatally wounded Sunday in a fiery crash at the very last race of the 2011 IndyCar Series held at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He was 33 and left behind a wife and two young sons.

Driving for Sam Schmidt Motorsports, Wheldon started the race from the back of the grid and was carving his way through the field when the horrible accident took place. At least 15 of the 34 cars were involved in the incident, including Wheldon's, which got launched in the air before slamming against the side barrier and bursting into flames. Wheldon was airlifted by medics to a hospital but wasn't able to survive the injuries he had sustained in the crash.

Below is a video footage of the blazing collision.


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Photo courtesy of Izod IndyCar Series Blog

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