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Horrifying accident of 15 cars during indycar series finale

October 17, 2011
Dan Wheldon killed in 15-car accident at Las Vegas Motor Speedway circuit.

During his early career in open wheel racing, Wheldon had a rivalry with Jenson Button. Several cars were sent flying while others careered down the track in flames last night.He was one of the most successful drivers in America and twice winner of the Indianapolis 500, the sport’s showpiece event, in 2005 and 2011. 

Drivers at the start of the Las Vegas 300 IndyCar series finale.

“IndyCar is very sad to announce that Dan Wheldon has passed away from unsurvivable injuries,” IndyCar chief executive Randy Bernard said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family today.” Wheldon’s fellow drivers had been informed of his death shortly before Bernard made his public announcement.

Chaos started at turn 2 of the 1.5-mile Las Vegas Motor Speedway oval on the 12th lap of the race.
The chain reaction appeared to begin when Wade Cunningham’s car swerved and J.R. Hildebrand clipped him. Hildebrand went airborne while Cunningham went into the wall.

Wheldon, travelling behind the cars that initiated the crash, couldn’t avoid the mayhem.

Wheldon and Power’s cars collide at turn 2.

15-car crash catapulted his car into the air and into a fence at the IndyCar series finale.

The aftermath of the horrific 15-car pile-up.

Wheldon was airlifted to University Hospital in Las Vegas.

Wheldon’s fellow pilots decided to drive a five-lap salute in his honor – many of them weeping.
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