The Focus Photography | Dan Wheldon 2011

A photo Tribute to our Indy Car Driver Dan Wheldon. I had the privalige of being the photographer for Sam Schmidt during the Las Vegas Indy Car Race in 2011. One of his drivers for the Race was Dan Wheldon.

During the race he was involved in a 15 car crash. Dan lost his life that day. Fellow teammates and drivers lost a friend, fans lost a hero. His family lost a loving Son, brother, husband and Father.

He was a great driver and person and will be forever missed by fellow drivers, his Indy team, his fans, and his family.

Daniel Clive "Dan" Wheldon (22 June 1978 – 16 October 2011) was a British racing driver from England. He was the 2005 Indy Racing League IndyCar Series champion, and winner of the Indianapolis 500 in both 2005 and 2011. Wheldon died from injuries shortly after a collision at the 2011 IZOD IndyCar World Championship at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on 16 October 2011, at the age of 33.

At the IZOD IndyCar World Championship at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on 16 October 2011, Wheldon was involved in a 15-car accident during lap 11 of the race, in which Wheldon's car flew approximately 325 feet into the catch fence with the cockpit area first into a pole lining the track before landing back on the ground. The carnage and ensuing debris field resulted in race officials throwing a red flag almost instantly. Wheldon was extricated from his car by the Holmatro Safety Team and their Las Vegas-based colleagues and was airlifted to a local hospital with what were described as "unsurvivable injuries." He succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at 1:54 PDT. He was 33 years old. The IndyCar officials and drivers determined after vote and input from drivers and team owners that the race would be abandoned, and that a five-lap, three-car–wide formation salute would be held in Wheldon's honour, with his number 77 being displayed alone at the top of the scoring pylon. He had been the only driver participating in Go Daddy's IndyCar Challenge where he and a randomly selected fan, would have been eligible for $2.5 million each if he won the race, starting from last place.
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