Dan Wheldon, winner of the Indianapolis 500 in 2004 and 2011, was killed in a horrific 15-car crash during Sunday’s Las Vegas Indy 300. Born in England, Wheldon was only 33.
"IndyCar is very sad to announce that Dan Wheldon has passed away from unsurvivable injuries," IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard told the Associated Press. "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 in his honor."
After beginning the race in last place, Wheldon was able to make up ground and remain in the running with a lap remaining. At that point, Wheldon took the checkered flag after JR Hidebrand crashed into the wall on Turn 2. A pile-up ensued, with 15 cars ultimately being a part of the fiery wreckage.
Immediately after the accident, Wheldon was transported a local hospital by helicopter. He would eventually pass away at the University Medical Center in Las Vegas.
The other racers were told of Wheldon’s death during a private meeting approximately two hours after the crash occurred. They honored him with five-lap salute to close out the day.
Video of the crash can be found below.