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Oct162011

IndyCar Driver Dan Wheldon Dies in Multi-Car Crash

The car of Dan Wheldon bursts into flames in a 15-car pile up including the during the Las Vegas Indy 300 part of the IZOD IndyCar World Championships presented by Honda at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Robert Laberge/Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) -- A tragic crash at the IndyCar World Championships in Las Vegas Sunday left driver Dan Wheldon dead.  He was 33.

A fiery 15-car crash on turn two of lap 13 sent Wheldon's car airborne, causing fatal injuries for the two-time Indianapolis 500 winner during the season finale race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.  

Wheldon was airlifted from the track Sunday afternoon and taken to a nearby hospital.  Just two hours after the the accident, IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard announced the race would not continue, but drivers would honor Wheldon with a five lap salute at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Dan Wheldon is the first driver to die in an on-track crash since the 2006 death of Paul Dana, who was killed during a practice run at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

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