10/17/2011 9:09:13 AM
Wheldon was killed in a 15-car crash that occurred in the early going of
Sunday's season-ending race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Race officials
canceled the scheduled 300-mile race after the lap 11 incident. Drivers later
paid tribute to Wheldon with a five-lap parade around the 1.5-mile track.
"No words can describe my feelings as I reflect on my memories of Dan,"
IndyCar Chief Executive Officer Randy Bernard said in a statement. "His
infectious smile, bubbly personality and big heart made Dan one of the most
caring people I had ever met. You could never ask for a better ambassador to a
"Dan represented IndyCar with the utmost respect and integrity. Dan will not
only be immortalized as being a great racer but also a wonderful person. My
prayers are with Susie and his two children in this very difficult time."
IndyCar said in a news release that information regarding a public memorial
for Wheldon will be released at a later date.
Dario Franchitti claimed his record third straight and fourth overall IndyCar