IndyCar is today mourning the loss of Dan Wheldon after the 2011 Indianapolis 500 winner tragically died on Sunday in the series season finale at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
The 33 year old Englishman, racing in his third event of the season, died after being involved in a horrific multi-car crash only 11 laps into race.
IndyCar Series CEO Randy Bernard made the officials announcement of Wheldon’s death without further comment.
“IndyCar is very sad to announce that Dan Wheldon has passed away from unsurvivable injuries,” Bernard said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family today. IndyCar, its drivers and owners, have decided to end the race. In honor of Dan Wheldon, the drivers have decided to do a five-lap salute to in his honor.”
Wheldon raced for Michael Andretti’s team previously from 2003 through 2005 when he won the championship. Wheldon won 16 races in his nine-year IndyCar career.