Dan Wheldon dies in Las Vegas IndyCar crash

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Two-time Indy 500 winner Dan Wheldon has died of injuries he sustained in a massive 15-car crash at the Las Vegas Indy 300 earlier today.

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Wheldon's car had catapulted over other cars during the crash, which occurred on Lap 12, catching part of the fence outside Turn 2. Wheldon was airlifted to a local hospital in "serious" condition, but later succumbed to his injuries. Randy Bernard, IndyCar CEO, made the announcement of Wheldon's death and cancelled the race after a five-lap tribute.

Earlier this year, Wheldon, 33, scored a storybook Indy 500 win, which he later dedicated to his mother, who'd recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease. Replaced at Panther racing by J.R Hildebrand early in the season, Wheldon then landed a seat with Bryan Herta Autosport. Wheldon won Indy when Hildebrand crashed out on the last lap.

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Without a ride for the rest of the season, Wheldon had been eligible for Bernard's offer to award $5 million to any non-regular series driver who won the season finale at Las Vegas.

(Warning: video may be disturbing to some viewers.)

In his Associated Press obituary, Wheldon is said to have moved to the U.S. from his native England hoping to win the Indy 500, which he eventually did, twice — in 2005 and 2011. He also scored 16 career IndyCar wins, and won the series championship in 2005.

Wheldon is survived by his wife Susie and two sons: Sebastian, 2, and Oliver, 6 months.

(Photo: Nick Laham/Getty Images)


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I suppose in a way it's good that it happened during the last race of the season; now Indycar officials will have the whole off-season to figure out what happened, why it happened, why in the hell somebody died because of it, and what they can do to make sure that never happens again. Or, at the very least, nobody dies or gets seriously injured from it.

On the other side, this couldn't have happened at a worse time for Indy in general; the series has been struggling for a while - this sure as hell isn't going to help them.