“No words can describe my feelings as I reflect on my memories of Dan,”
INDYCAR CEO Randy Bernard said. “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 sport. 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.”
Dan Wheldon was a true champion, with 16 career victories in the IZOD IndyCar Series. He entered the IndyCar arena in 2002, and won Rookie of the Year honors in 2003. Only two years later he took the checkered flag in the Indianapolis 500 and won the driver championship the same year. In his inspiring eight-season career, tragically cut short, he posted 134 career starts, collected 26 Top-3 finishes, 93 Top-10 finishes, 5 Pole positions, and won the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona.
In the 100th anniversary running of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” Wheldon earned his second Indy 500 crown, becoming only the 18th driver in the 100-year history of the race to win it more than once.