The world of motorsport is in mourning after racing driver Dan Wheldon died from injuries sustained from a 15 car pile-up during an Indy 300 motor race in Las Vegas.
The accident happened on lap 11 on the Las Vegas Motor Speedway track. Wheldon’s car was sent into the air before landing on the perimeter fence. Several other drivers were injured in the fiery accident.
The 33-year-old Englishman was airlifted to Las Vegas University Medical Centre where his colleagues were informed of his death two hours later.
Wheldon started in motorsport at the age of four. In his early career he was rival to F1’s Jenson Button, before Wheldon made the move in 1999 to drive Stateside.
In 2002 Wheldon progressed to race in the Indycar series, the US’s most prestigious racing league. He won the famous Indy 500 twice, as well as winning six races in a single season (2005); the most any driver in history has achieved.
But it is off-track the racer will be most fondly remembered. A devoted husband, father of two, and one of the most popular faces in motorsport, he will be sadly missed.
Hg2 remembers Dan Wheldon, dare-devil driver and true Hedonist.