Dan Wheldon

Dan Wheldon

Original Name Daniel Clive
Birth
Milton Keynes, Milton Keynes Borough, Buckinghamshire, England
Death 16 Oct 2011 (aged 33)
Las Vegas, Clark County, Nevada, USA
Burial Clearwater, Pinellas County, Florida, USA
Memorial ID 78554652 · View Source
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Auto Race Car Driver. Born in Emberton, near Olney, Buckinghamshire, England, he took up karting at the age of 4 with funding from his father. Racing was a constant in his life as he attended school in England as a child, winning eight British national titles along the way. He moved to the United States in 1999, trying to find sponsor money to fund his dream, and by 2002, after stints in some lower profile open wheel series, such as the F2000 championship, Toyota Atlantic Series and IndyLights. He was on the IndyCar grid for the first time. Dan moved up to the IRL IndyCar Series for two events with Panther Racing as teammate to Sam Hornish, Jr. He joined Andretti Green Racing the following year, taking the spot of Michael Andretti following his retirement, and collected league Rookie of the Year honours. In 2004, he won his first IRL race at Twin Ring Motegi in Japan; ultimately finishing as runner-up to teammate Tony Kanaan in the championship with three wins. Dan had two Indy wins, 16 race victories on the circuit overall. He finished among the top 10 in IndyCar points annually from 2004 through 2010. He raised money for several charities, and was a spokesman for the National Guard and its education awareness programs, and most recently tried to raise money for Alzheimer's research. He released a photo book he called Lionheart, a coffee table book that he described as "almost like a photo biography from my career in IndyCars up until this point." He spent years editing the book, which included dozens of photos of his life away from the track, including images from his wedding. His bride was his long time assistant Susie Behm, they had two sons: Sebastian, and Oliver. Dan was involved in a 15-car accident during lap 11 of the race, in which his 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. Dan was extricated from his car by the Holmatro Safety Team and their Las Vegas based colleagues and was airlifted to the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada for his critical injuries. After interviewing the championship contenders, Randy Bernard, president of IndyCar, announced to the officials, drivers and fans that Dan had died from the accident after being pronounced dead on arrival. He was 33 years old.

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  • Originally Created by: OJ Taylor
  • Added: 16 Oct 2011
  • Find a Grave Memorial 78554652
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dan Wheldon (22 Jun 1978–16 Oct 2011), Find a Grave Memorial no. 78554652, citing Calvary Catholic Cemetery and Mausoleum, Clearwater, Pinellas County, Florida, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .