RIP: Dan Wheldon, at 33

RIP: Dan Wheldon, at 33

RIP: English race car driver Dan Wheldon, winner of this year’s Indianapolis 500, passed away today from injuries sustained in a 15-car crash on the 13th lap of the Las Vegas Indy 300 – the last race of the 2011 IndyCar Series season.

“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. IndyCar, its drivers and owners, have decided to end the race.”

33-year-old Wheldon was a two-time winner of the Indy 500, having scored his previous Borg-Warner Trophy in 2005 — the same year he was named the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series champion.

He had his 134th career start at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where drivers participated in a five-lap salute in his honor.

[nbcsports / video: thenarltv / image: getty.]

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