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Fatal Indycar crash

17 October 2011 / All photos: ANP /

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 multi-car 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.


The car of Dan Wheldon of England, driver of the #77 Bowers & Wilkins Sam Schmidt Motorsports Dallara Honda (left), and the #30 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara Honda of Pippa Mann fly in the air during the Las Vegas Indy 300 part of the IZOD IndyCar World Championships presented by Honda on October 16, 2011 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nevada. Robert Laberge/Getty Images/AFP


The car of Dan Wheldon driver of the #77 Bowers & Wilkins Sam Schmidt Motorsports Dallara Honda (top left) bursts into flames in a 15 car pile up during the Las Vegas Indy 300 part of the IZOD IndyCar World Championships presented by Honda


The car of Dan Wheldon driver of the #77 Bowers & Wilkins Sam Schmidt Motorsports Dallara Honda (top left) bursts into flames in a 15 car pile up including the #12 Team Penske Dallara Honda of Will Power


Cars are scattered on the track after a 15 car crash during the Las Vegas Indy 300 part of the IZOD IndyCar World Championships presented by Honda


Emergency crews work to clear damaged IndyCars from the track after a 15 car wreck during the Las Vegas Indy 300 part of the IZOD IndyCar World Championships presented by Honda


Safety workers inspect the damaged cars after a massive 15 car crash including the #12 Verizon Team Penske Dallara Honda of Will Power of championship contender during the Las Vegas Indy 300 part of the IZOD IndyCar World Championships presented by Honda


The #17 AFS/Sam Schmidt Motorsports Dallara Honda of Wade Cunningham of New Zealand sits on the track after a 15 car pile up during the Las Vegas Indy 300 part of the IZOD IndyCar World Championships presented by Honda


Team members line the pitlane as the drivers complete five memorial laps to honor Dan Wheldon, driver of the #77 Dallara Honda, who died of injuries in a massive fifteen car crash during the Las Vegas Indy 300 part of the IZOD IndyCar World Championships presented by Honda at Las Vegas Motor Speedway