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Sad News In Auto Racing As Indy 500 Winner Dan Wheldon Is Killed In Crash In Vegas Race

In a horrific 15-car pileup at Las Vegas Motor Speedway today, Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon was killed and three other drivers were injured.

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Wheldon was a two-time winner at The Brickyard and was just 33 years old.

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“IndyCar is very sad to announce that Dan Wheldon has passed away from unsurvivable injuries,” IndyCar chief executive Randy 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 in his honor.”

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