IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon, who won his second Indy 500 title in Indianapolis a few months ago, tragically died after being involved in a horrific 15-car crash at the Motor Speedway during the Indy 300 race in Las Vegas, Nevada on Sunday (October 16).
“IndyCar is very sad to announce that Dan Wheldon has passed away from unsurvivable injuries,” IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family today.”
The 33 year-old driver hit another car during lap 12, flying over the car and catching part of the catch fence outside of turn 2. Wheldon was flown to a nearby hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.
“I’ve never seen anything like it,” Australian driver Ryan Briscoe, 30, told the Associated Press about the crash scene. “The debris we all had to drive through the lap later, it looked like a war scene from Terminator or something. I mean, there were just pieces of metal and car on fire in the middle of the track with no car attached to it and just debris everywhere … your first thoughts are hoping that no one is hurt, because there’s just stuff everywhere. Crazy.”
The Indy 300 race was canceled right after the crash, but the racers paid their tribute to Wheldon with five laps. Wheldon was one of the most popular and loved racers in the circuit. The 33 year-old won Indy 500 in 2005 and 2011.
Wheldon is survived by his wife, Susie Wheldon, and their two kids, 2 year-old Sebastian, and 7 month-old Oliver. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the racer’s family and friends.
R.I.P. Dan Wheldon.
Las Vegas Indy 300 Race Car Wreck Pictures