Dan Wheldon, the 2011 Indianapolis 500 winner and one of the most popular drivers in open-wheel racing, died Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in a horrific multicar crash on Lap 11 of the Indy Car Series season finale.
Officials decided to call the race, but the drivers, many sobbing openly, did a five-lap tribute to Wheldon. Indy Car Series CEO Randy Bernard made the official announcement of Wheldon’s death without further comment.
“Indy Car is very sad to announce that Dan Wheldon has passed away from unsurvivable injuries,” Bernard said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family today. Indy Car, 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.”
Source: Fox Nation