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Dan Wheldon got wife's initials tattooed on his wrist night before he died

October 17, 2011 |  5:54 pm

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The Las Vegas Review-Journal says Dan Wheldon and his wife, Susie, got his and hers tattoos at a Las Vegas tattoo shop inside the Palms the night before Wheldon was killed during an IndyCar race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The couple got each other's initials tattooed on their wrists.

Darren Rovell, a reporter for CNBC, posted a photo on his Twitter page of Dan Wheldon showing off his tattoo just after he got it.

Wheldon died Sunday when his car ran into another car at an angle on the track's banked curve in Turn 2 and was sent his car airborne, rolling cockpit-first into the catch fence. Clark County Coroner Michael Murphy said Wheldon died of blunt head trauma.

Sitting at home, five-time defending NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson watched the accident in horror. On Monday, he urged IndyCar to stop racing on ovals.

"I wouldn't run them on ovals. There's just no need to. Those cars are fantastic for street circuits, for road courses," Johnson said.

"I hate, hate, hate that this tragedy took place. But hopefully they can learn from it and make those cars safer on ovals somehow," he said.

"I have a lot of friends that race in that series, and I'd just rather see them on street circuits and road courses. No more ovals."

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--Houston Mitchell

Photo: The image put on Darren Rovell's Twitter page of Dan Wheldon showing off his new tattoo.

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