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 |  Oct 16 2011, 5:15 PM

In NASCAR they always talk about “The Big One”. But it was this weekend’s series finale of the IndyCar Series that saw a catastrophic crash totaling 15 cars. Included in the mess was Indy 500 winner Dan Wheldon who suffered what could be serious injuries and has been airlifted to hospital.

Other drivers involved in the pile-up that saw several vehicles take flight at 200-mph include James Jakes, Wade Cunningham, Paul Tracy, Vitor Meira, JR Hildebrand, Townsend Bell, Jay Howard, Tomas Scheckter, Charlie Kimball, EJ Viso, Alex Lloyd, Pippa Mann, Will Power and Buddy Rice.

***UPDATE: Dan Wheldon has died. Click here for full story ***

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  • Norway

    RIP Dan Wheldon. My prayers for his family. All honour to the drivers going back on track to honour Dan.

  • Rob

    Sadly, it appears that Dan Wheldon has past away. Thoughts are with his family.

  • Rob

    By the way…. the drivers did not want to race on the course…. the field of 34 cars was too large for the speeds on this track which reach 225+ mph…. there was a drivers meeting that specifically worried about this type of problem

  • Paul Trood

    What a terrible loss. Thoughts with family and friends.

  • Esnati

    This is a very SAD day as we lost Dan. My thoughts and prayers goes out to the family. RIP Dan Wheldon, you will be missed!!

  • Terry

    Way too many cars bunched up. Might be okay for NASCAR, but definitely no good for open wheel racing. They need to come up with a better way to space out the cars during the start. Either that or cut the size of the field. If they don’t make some major changes, this will happen again.

  • mike

    a sad day for motor sports through the world. RIP DAN.

  • Mike

    …at what point does sports go too far? My deepest sympathies to the Wheldon family…

  • rick & robin brown

    We are heart broken for dan weldon and his family we are big race fans an this is so sad. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  • robert waterfield

    dan wheldon rip my friend. my thoughts and prayers go out to dan’s family friends indycar drivers and the tv commentary team and also dan’s pit crue. from dan’s fan in queensland’ australia.

  • Norm Foster

    Very sad. The drivers know the risks but to many cars on that type of track not good. Someone paid the price. My deepest thoughts and sympathies for families and friends. God bless

  • Terry Kirbyson

    They can not run these race cars on this short track. There will be many more wreaks if the do. My deepest Thoughts and prayers go put to the Weldon Family, friends and the race team. God Bless

  • Fred

    I am also sadden by Dan’s death. Maybe the Indy Car circuit safety folks should take a look at cutting high end speeds at certain tracks similar to what Nascar has done at Daytona. What do y’all think.

  • kiwi

    RIP from a fan downunder

  • Phillip

    sad to see and my prayers are with the family and friends.
    but youtube players SUCK because they start and stop so much.
    Can’t seem to get their ducks in a row…

  • LARRY THORNTON

    So sorry this happened to Dan Wheldon and his family. There needs to be some common sense and not put to many cars on a track that separation cannot be avoided. That is Rusian roulette with those drivers and their cars. A bowling alley if one wrecks in front and the rest plow into them. Very sad. God Bless his family.

  • mark

    Horrible!

  • dan steen

    Man I wish it was just a bad dream,Dan, you are as cool as all the rest, Dan you will win in some sort of afterlife race or something.
    Dan Steen

  • brian

    so sad that someone has to get kill before people make up there minds to make changes. sadden to see this again. prayers with family and friends.RIP from us downunder.

  • joe

    where does the word “spectacularly” fit in with a death crash ? RIP Dan

  • Peter Crean

    Thinking of all of family and friends and racing family praying for all that Gods pace will come upon you all

  • Brian

    For the indy circut to not listen to the driver’s concern’s is very disturbing.They of all people should have the last say.So many hearts broken when they didn’t have to be.My thought’s and prayer’s for the Wheldon family and freind’s and fellow driver’s

  • fa/doc

    it is just so sad that dan wildon died.that was the worst wrek i”ve ever seen.all my hope goes to them.

  • Prof M H Settelen

    The President must ask for an International Inquiry, headed by
    Sir Jacquie Stewart