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Dan Wheldon killed in Indy Car crash [video]

October 16, 2011 |  5:30 pm

Dan Wheldon, the 2011 Indianapolis 500 winner, died Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in a multi-car crash on Lap 13 of the IndyCar Series season finale.

Officials decided to call the race, but the drivers did a five-lap tribute to Wheldon. IndyCar Series CEO Randy Bernard made the official announcement of Wheldon's death without further comment.

"IndyCar is very sad to announce that Dan Wheldon has passed away from unsurvivable injuries," Bernard said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family today. IndyCar, its drivers and owners, have decided to end the race. In honor of Dan Wheldon, the drivers have decided to do a five-lap salute to in his honor."

The crash and its aftermath are in the top video below. Below that video is a second video, this one celebrating Wheldon's Indy 500 win.



Indy 500 victory:



Graphic: Comparing tracks at Las Vegas and Indianapolis Motor Speedways

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