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IndyCar Drivers Remember Wheldon in Tweets

In a horrifying scene that was documented from several angles and even a driver’s perspective, Indy 500 champion Dan Wheldon was killed in a massive 15 car pile-up at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Sunday, Oct. 17. In a plot twist reminiscent of the types of fairy tales you only find in sports, Wheldon was racing in only his third race of 2011, after being fired from his previous racing team, Panther Racing. He had won one of his previous appearances, the Indianapolis 500, which is considered the Super Bowl of IndyCar. Wheldon had not led the Indy 500 until making a move on the last turn of the last lap for the win.

Wheldon was only driving in the Las Vegas 300 because of a publicity stunt involving a $5 million prize to any non-series regular who could win the final race of the series. One of the conditions of the promotion was that Wheldon start at the rear of the 34 car field. After only 11 laps, Wheldon had advanced 10 positions to 24th place when disaster struck.

After the race, Michael Andretti revealed that Wheldon had signed a multi-year contract to replace driver Danica Patrick and would’ve raced full-time in 2011. Wheldon was 33, and is survived by a wife and two sons, one of which was born in March. Here is what some of the drivers associated with IndyCar had to say via Twitter about Dan Wheldon and the accident. |Continue….

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