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Posted - 10/17/2011 : 02:49:11 AM RIP Dan
Dan Wheldon's Death Draws Reaction From Around American Motorsports#8206; Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon was tragically killed in a crash at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday, and reaction is pouring in from around ...
Fatal Crashes in Open-Wheel Race Cars: A Fanís Take In the wake of the death of Dan Wheldon, a popular and talented IndyCar driver, here is information about his and four other drivers' fatal crashes that occurred while racing in open-wheel race cars. Open-wheel racing is inherently dangerous due to the speed and the usually open cockpit.
Dan Wheldon Just 11 laps into the final race of the 2011 season on October 16, 2011, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, a crash occurred involving 15 cars. Dan Wheldon was unable to avoid the wreck and his car went airborne. After hitting the catch fence, his car caught fire. Rescue crews got him out of the car and rushed him to the hospital, but he died within two hours from massive injuries. He had won the Indy 500 and been up for a $5 million bonus. The race was canceled after the horrific, fiery crash, which required replacement of sections of the track. He was a much loved driver who was only 33. Fans, drivers and workers who witnessed the crash will never forget it. By Kristin Watt, http://sports.yahoo.com/irl/news?slug=ycn-10221203