Dan Wheldon was a fan favorite for many reasons: his general accessibility, great personality, and his love and respect for The Greatest Spectacle. He was a tremendous ambassador for Indy. He leaves behind a wife, Susie, and two boys. Sebastian is 2 years old and Oliver was just born a few months ago in March.
The two-time Indy 500 champ was in second place earlier this year, behind rookie J.R. Hildebrand approaching the final turn. Hildebrand lost control and clipped the wall. Wheldon passed him, and the only lap he led all day at Indianapolis was the last one. In commenting on the finish he said:
“It’s obviously unfortunate, but that’s Indianapolis. That’s why it’s the greatest spectacle in racing. You never know what’s going to happen.”
Indeed, you don’t. RIP Dan.