A CATASTROPHIC 15-car crash at the at the Las Vegas 300 IndyCar series finale has claimed the life of British driver Dan Wheldon.
The 33 year-old from Buckinghamsire, UK, died from injuries he received after his vehicle left the track and flipped over another car wile other cars smashed into the safety barrier.
Wheldon had started from the back of the field and was chasing a $5 million prize if he was able to overtake all the other drivers.
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. IndyCar chief executive Randy Bernard said: “IndyCar is very sad to announce that Dan Wheldon has passed away from unsurvivable injuries.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family today.”
Following the crash the race was cancelled and in honour of Dan Wheldon, the drivers drove a five-lap salute in his honour.
Drivers had voiced concern about the high speeds being reached at Las Vegas, where they were close to 225 miles per hour in practice this week. “I’ll tell you, I’ve never seen anything like it,” Ryan Briscoe said of the sight of burning cars spinning on the track and sailing through the air. “The debris we all had to drive through the lap later, it looked like a war scene from [the film] Terminator or something. I mean, there were just pieces of metal and car on fire in the middle of the track with no car attached to it and just debris everywhere.”
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