Dan Wheldon was on top of the racing world five months ago after winning his second Indianapolis 500 crown.

At IndyCar’s season-ending race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway over the weekend, Wheldon lost his life after getting involved in a huge accident involving a total of 15 other cars. Wheldon’s car flew over another vehicle, before hitting the catch fence and catching fire as race marshals scrambled in to check on the race car driver.

Wheldon was immediately airlifted from the track to University Medical Center in Las Vegas where he was later pronounced dead from "unsurvivable injuries".

IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard issued a statement shortly thereafter, in which he said: "IndyCar is very sad to announce that Dan Wheldon has passed away from unsurvivable injuries. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family today. IndyCar, its drivers and owners, have decided to end the race."

In addition to ending the race, the drivers all partook in a five-lap tribute in his honor.

Personally speaking, we’re huge fans of Dan Wheldon and we’re delighted to see him take a spectacular run to win the 100th installment of the Indianapolis 500 earlier this year.

His death is as big a blow to us, as it is to the entire racing and sporting community.

Rest in Peace, Dan Wheldon. You will be missed.

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Kirby Garlitos
Automotive Aftermarket Expert - kirby@topspeed.com
Kirby’s first exposure into the world of automobiles happened when he caught Knight Rider on television as a five-year old boy. David Hasselhoff didn’t leave much of an impression on him (that happened later on in Baywatch), but KITT certainly did. To this day, Kirby remains convinced that he will one day own a car with the same ‘spirit’ as the original KITT (not the 2008 monstrosity). He doesn't know when that will be, but until then, he’s committed to expressing his love for KITT, and all cars for that matter, here at TopSpeed.  Read More
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