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Yesterday’s Las Vegas Indy 300 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway was supposed to be the last race of the 2011 IndyCar season, but no one expected it to be the last race of Dan Wheldon’s life. Sadly, that tragic scenario unfolded during the eleventh lap of the race, as Wheldon died following a fatal 15-car pile-up that saw his car go airborne before crashing into the fence and bursting into flames just outside turn two.
Wheldon began the race at the back of the field, but he made his way into the middle of the pack by the eleventh lap. That was when chaos ensued, as several cars in front of him collided and veered out of control, making it impossible for the 33-year-old, two-time Indianapolis 500 winner to avoid the wreckage.
Rescue workers made it out to Wheldon’s car quickly and were seen waving frantically for more help to arrive on the scene. Unfortunately, it was to no avail, as Wheldon was airlifted from the track to the University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead moments later.
After IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard made the announcement that Wheldon had passed approximately two hours later, the drivers took to their cars for a five-lap tribute to mourn the loss of a fellow driver and close friend.
JR Hildebrand, Pippa Mann and Will Power were also injured in the accident. Power was released from the hospital after being evaluated, while Hildebrand and Mann remained in the hospital overnight, but are expected to be released today.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and family of Dan Wheldon.
Here is a look at the fatal crash and the reactions from fellow drivers following the tragic accident.