Sunday, October 16, 2011

IndyCar champion Dan Wheldon dead at 33 - Full Video

Dan Wheldon, who moved to the United States from his native England with hopes of winning the Indianapolis 500 and went on to twice prevail in his sport's most famed race, died Sunday after a massive, fiery wreck in the Las Vegas Indy 300.

One of the most well-liked drivers in the paddock, Wheldon was 33.

He called the Indy 500 "the biggest sporting event in the world," and his second and final win there came in most unexpected fashion. Trailing rookie JR Hildebrand with one turn remaining, Wheldon was resigned to finishing in second place for the third consecutive year.

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