It was a devastating day at Las Vegas Motor Speedway today as Dan Wheldon died in 15-car pile up accident at the IZOD IndyCar World Championships race today. The thirty-three year old IndyCar Racer was a 22-time winner of the Indianapolis 500, including this year’s Indy 500 race.
Las Vegas Mortor Speedway’s President, Chris Powell, released a statement regarding the death of Weldon: “All of us here at Las Vegas Motor Speedway are deeply saddened by the death of Dan Wheldon. He was a tremendous race car driver and a great representative for IndyCar racing. Our prayers are with Dan’s family as well as the officials and sponsors of IndyCar.” The race came to end and in Wheldon’s honor, drivers took part in a 5 lap salute around the track.
Country Artists were also saddened by this news and began to take to social media shortly after the crash.
Reba: My heart and prayers go out to Dan Wheldon’s family and everyone in the racing community. My heart hurts.
Justin Moore: My thoughts and prayers go out to dan wheldon’s family and friends. Met him a couple times. Great guy.
Sunny Sweeney: Please keep Dan Wheldon’s family and friends in your prayers tonight…He will be missed greatly in the racing community.
Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts: Thoughts and prayers go out to Dan wheldon’s family… Very sad day…
LeAnn Rimes: My heart goes out to Dan Wheldon’s Family. Such a tragedy. May he R.I.P.
Julianne Hough: My heart goes out to Dan Wheldon’s family, friends and co workers. He was an amazing man that was loved by so many! May he Rest In Peace
Thoughts, Prayers & Condolences go out to Wheldon’s family and friends during this difficult time.