Vital Login
Social Login

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's F1, It's Vital'

Motorsport mourns death of Dan Wheldon

Motorsport was hit hard last night as former two time Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon was tragically killed.

The 33-year-old British driver was one of the finest exports to Indy Racing that this country had ever produced.

Wheldon won the IndyCar drivers championship in 2005 and won the Indy 500 in the same year and repeated the feat just a few months ago. He was the first British driver to win one of the worlds most famous races since Graham Hill in 1966.

The incident which took his life occurred on lap 13 of the season finale at the Las Vegas Indy 300.

15 cars were involved in the collision at speeds of over 200mph. Wheldon's number 77 car crashed into other cars who had already been involved in the initial incident. Wheldon's car went airborne and crashed into the catch fencing. He was air lifted to hospital by helicopter, but was later pronounced dead by IndyCar officials.

IndyCar decided to end the race and the drivers completed a five-lap salute.

Wheldon was a popular driver in the world of motorsport and previously raced with a number of drivers currently in Formula One including Jenson Button and Mark Webber.

2009 Formula One World champion Jenson Button wrote on Twitter: 'I have so many good memories of racing with Dan in the early 90s, a true fighter. We've lost a legend in our sport but also a great guy.'

McLaren team-mate and 2008 Formula One World champion Lewis Hamilton said: 'This is a tragic loss at such a young age.'

'He was an extremely talented driver. As a British guy, who not only went over to the States but who twice won the Indy 500, he was an inspirational guy and someone that every racing driver looked up to with respect and admiration.

Fellow Brit, former team-mate and four-time IndyCar Champion Dario Franchitti said: 'My heart goes out to his family and friends during this extremely difficult time.'

'Right now I'm numb and speechless. One minute you're joking around in driver intros and the next he's gone, He was six years old when I first met him. He was this little kid and the next thing you know he was my team-mate.

'We put so much pressure on ourselves to win races and championships and today it doesn't matter.'


Dan Wheldon History

Born in Emberton on 22nd June 1978

Unable to afford the money required in the UK to get into racing he moved to the USA in 1999 and went on to win the F2000 championship.

In 2002 he made his debut in IndyCars.

In 2004 he won his first IndyCar race and went on to win two more events, coming second in the championship.

In 2005 he won 6 races, including the Indy 500, winning the Indy Car championship.

In 2006 he won 2 races and came finished the season level on points with Sam Hornish, Jr. Wheldon missed out on back-to-back titles on a tiebreaker (Hornish, Jr had won four races, Wheldon two).

In 2007 he turned down a move to Formula One with the BMW Sauber team as he would not be guaranteed a regular race drive.

In 2011 he returned to winning ways winning the Indy 500 for a second time. He dedicated his win to his Mother ho had recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer's.

He leaves behind his wife Susie and two children Sebastian who is 2-years-old and Oliver who is 7-months old.










Join Vital F1

It's easy to join up and join in on VitalF1.com, simply click the link and enjoy getting involved!

If you are already a member of Vital Football, your logins will automatically work on VitalF1.com!

The Journalist

Writer: Red5 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday October 17 2011

Time: 11:20AM

Your Comments

Extremely good article red, thankyou RIP Dan
Villaininthemerde
Terrible news, rip.
The Fear
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Vital F1 Articles

Ricciardo is a championship contender (Wednesday August 27 2014)

Rosberg refuses to comment (Tuesday August 26 2014)

Blog: Belgian GP Report (Tuesday August 26 2014)

Crash was deliberate claims Hamilton (Monday August 25 2014)

Finger of blame pointed at Rosberg (Monday August 25 2014)

2014 - Belgium - Race (Sunday August 24 2014)

Blog: Spa Qualifying (Sunday August 24 2014)

2014 - Belgium - Qualifying (Saturday August 23 2014)

2014 - Belgium - FP3 (Saturday August 23 2014)

2014 - Belgium - FP2 (Friday August 22 2014)

2014 - Belgium - FP1 (Friday August 22 2014)

Chilton to race in Spa (Friday August 22 2014)

Russia is ready (Thursday August 21 2014)

Kobayashi dropped by Caterham (Thursday August 21 2014)

Ferrari lucky to have 2 great champions (Wednesday August 20 2014)

Introducing Max Verstappen (Tuesday August 19 2014)

2014 Ferrari doesn't suit Kimi (Tuesday August 19 2014)

Who will win the Belgian Grand Prix? (Monday August 18 2014)

New Ground For Mercedes (Monday August 18 2014)

Lowe rejects Newey claim (Friday August 15 2014)

Kimi targets race wins in 2015 (Tuesday August 12 2014)

Grosjean uncertain over future (Monday August 11 2014)

Blog: Time for Bernie to go (Thursday August 7 2014)

Nico didn't get close enough - Wolff (Wednesday August 6 2014)

New deal for Australia (Monday August 4 2014)

Luck will turn for Vettel (Monday August 4 2014)

Newey critical of 'GP1' era (Friday August 1 2014)

McLaren made catastrophic error (Friday August 1 2014)

Ericsson and Perez ok after crashes (Wednesday July 30 2014)

Blog: Hungarian GP Report (Tuesday July 29 2014)

Lauda backing for Hamilton (Monday July 28 2014)

2014 - Hungary - Race (Sunday July 27 2014)

Blog: Hungaroing Qualifying (Sunday July 27 2014)

2014 - Hungary - Qualifying (Saturday July 26 2014)

2014 - Hungary - FP3 (Saturday July 26 2014)

2014 - Hungary - FP2 (Friday July 25 2014)

2014 - Hungary - FP1 (Friday July 25 2014)

Could F1 pull Russian Grand Prix? (Thursday July 24 2014)

F1 return to Mexico confirmed (Thursday July 24 2014)

McLaren and Mercedes target Vettel (Thursday July 24 2014)

Wolff predicts Abu Dhabi showdown (Wednesday July 23 2014)

Who will win in Hungary? (Tuesday July 22 2014)

Blog: German GP Report (Tuesday July 22 2014)

Alonso loved Ricciardo tussle (Monday July 21 2014)

Button backtracks (Monday July 21 2014)

What a week for Rosberg (Monday July 21 2014)

2014 - Germany - Race (Sunday July 20 2014)

Blog: Hockenheim Qualifying (Sunday July 20 2014)

2014 - Germany - Qualifying (Saturday July 19 2014)

2014 - Germany - FP3 (Saturday July 19 2014)

2014 - Germany - FP2 (Friday July 18 2014)

2014 - Germany - FP1 (Friday July 18 2014)

Mercedes play down FRIC ban (Friday July 18 2014)

F1 title chase starts now (Wednesday July 16 2014)

McLaren confident in upgrades (Tuesday July 15 2014)

Bianchi impresses for Ferrari (Thursday July 10 2014)

Massa quickest at Silverstone test (Wednesday July 9 2014)

Rosberg plays down Hamilton row (Wednesday July 9 2014)

Bottas finish surprises Williams (Tuesday July 8 2014)

I was lucky says Chilton (Monday July 7 2014)

Raikkonen ok after horror smash (Monday July 7 2014)

Rosberg reflects (Monday July 7 2014)

Perfect day for Hamilton (Monday July 7 2014)

2014 - Britain - Race (Sunday July 6 2014)

Blog: Silverstone Qualifying (Sunday July 6 2014)

Archived Vital F1 Articles

List All Vital F1 Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. Red5 1018
2. DJ 881
3. The Fear 771
4. Villaininthemerde 612
5. johnkelv 569
6. Druss_the_Legend 519
7. Push The Button 432
8. col8 334
9. The Intimidator 147
10. __villa__ 145

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Should Rosberg face a penalty for failing to avoid Hamilton collision?
Yes - He has confessed! 80%
No 20%