Dan Wheldon Crash
October 17, 2011 by staff
Dan Wheldon Crash, Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton led the tribute on Monday to Dan Wheldon, British racing driver killed in Las Vegas on Sunday 300IndyCar final series.
The 33-year-Emberton, Olney, twice winner of the prestigious Indy500, died of injuries sustained in a car accident 15.
His vehicle was sent into the air on another car and crashed into the fence around the oval track.
Button, a contemporary of Wheldon, who competed against him on the karting, tweeted: “Just woke up with horrible news. … Dan Wheldon RIP I have very fond memories for many races with Dan in the 90′s, a real fighter. ”
The 2009 Formula One world champion, who had flown to Tokyo after Korean Grand Prix, added: “We lost a legend in our sport, but also a great guy … I can not begin to imagine what his family is passing and my thoughts are with them at this very difficult time. ”
Wheldon left his wife, Susie, and two young children. Hamilton, like his McLaren teammate has a higher profile than ever did Wheldon, issued a statement acknowledging the influence of the 2005 IndyCar champion in his career.
“This is a very sad day,” said the 2008 Formula One world champion. “Dan was a runner who had followed throughout my career, as they often followed in their footsteps as they climbed the ladder of motorsports in the United Kingdom.
“He was a very talented pilot. As a British guy who was not only States, but twice won the Indy500, was a kind of inspiration, and someone that each driver looked with respect and admiration.
“This is a tragic loss at such a young age. My heart goes out to his family and friends during this extremely difficult time.”
Martin Whitmarsh, McLaren team principal, said Wheldon’s death highlighted the “sometimes bitter contrast between the highs and lows of motorsport.”
“The racing world is in mourning after the passing of Dan”
Whitmarsh said. “On behalf of everyone at Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, to send my condolences to his family and friends.”
Tributes from the world of sport is not limited to motor racing, with footballer Wayne Rooney and golfer Ian Poulter among those who convey their condolences to the family of Wheldon.
IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard, who had told his colleagues Wheldon of your destination before you decide to do a salute of five laps, is now likely to face a difficult time as questions are asked of records safety of their series.
Former Formula One driver Mark Blundell described the 1.5-mile Las Vegas Motor Speedway as “a recipe for disaster.”
The race started with 34 cars however, the oval of Las Vegas is only 60 percent of the length of 33 Indy cars.
Dario Franchitti – who was confirmed as the champion of 2011, after the race was suspended – insisted the warning signs were there.
“I could see inside five laps people were starting to do crazy things,” Wheldon said former teammate Andretti Green. “I love racing hard, but for me it’s not really what it is. A small mistake by someone …”
He added: “Right now I’m stunned and speechless One minute you’re joking driver intros and the next he’s gone ..
“I was six when I met him. He was a little boy and the next thing you know he was my teammate.
“We put so much pressure on ourselves to win races and championships, and now it does not matter.” Wheldon was the first fatality from American IndyCar rookie Paul Dana died in a practice session five years ago.
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