Racing fans are in shock after the news that Indianapolis 500 champion Dan Wheldon died during his competition. The exciting day at the Indy 300 in Las Vegas turned tragic after the violent car crash made Dan Wheldon’s vehicle burst into flames and this horrific 15-car crash took his life away. Justin Timberlake's William Rast driver Dan Wheldon passed away at the age of just 33. IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard said that “IndyCar is very sad to announce that Dan Wheldon has passed away from unsurvivable injuries.” He continued: "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."
Briton Dan Wheldon, the married father-of-two passed away while he was competing in the Las Vegas Indy 300, the competition that drivers can reach speeds of about 222mph. Wheldon was brought to hospital in a helicopter, but, he couldn’t live longer due to his severe injures.
Wheldon won the entire IndyCar series championship when he was named the winner of the 2005 Indianapolis 500. He also won Indianapolis 500 in May of this year. This time, it was announced that any non-regular IndyCar drivers who won the race could be offered a $5million bonus. Mr Wheldon was in line for this bonanza, pushing him to drive faster than normal.
The 33-year-old driver lived in St Petersburg, Florida with his wife Susie, and two sons Sebastian and Oliver. Wheldon is named the first IndyCar driver who died on the track since 2006 when the life of Paul Dana was claimed away at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The accident also made three other drivers injured, including Will Power, the championship contender.
The image of fifteen cars crashed into each other at the Indy 300 in Las Vegas
Wheldon's car is captured bursting at the top of the picture
Dan Wheldon’s vehicle burst into flames
Cars were scattered on the track after the horrific crash of 15 cars during the Las Vegas Indy 300
Wheldon was loaded into a medical helicopter and rushed to hospital
The 33-year-old driver posed with his family as he won Indianapolis 500 in May, 2011
Dan Wheldon was loved among many reporters