LAS VEGAS -- Dan Wheldon, the 2011 Indianapolis 500 winner and one of the most popular drivers in open-wheel racing, died Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in a horrific multicar crash on Lap 11 of the IndyCar Series season finale.
Officials decided to call the race, but the drivers, many sobbing openly, did a five-lap tribute to Wheldon. IndyCar Series CEO Randy Bernard made the official announcement of Wheldon's death without further comment.
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"33-year-old IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon passed away from injuries he sustained in a massive 15-car wreck at Sunday's Indy 300 race in Las Vegas, the AP reports. The British driver, who has been racing since he was introduced to go-karts at age four, was a two-time Indianapolis 500 winner.
The fiery wreck occurred early Sunday. After his car flew over another car on his 13th lap, Wheldon was transported by helicopter to the nearest hospital. Other drivers were notified of his death in a meeting two hours after the crash.
The remainder of the race has been canceled. The drivers will honor him with a five-lap salute, while his number, 98, is shown at the top of the race scoreboard."