#27- 2011 Indycar Las Vegas 300 Crash
The 2011 IZOD IndyCar World Championship was the final race in the 2011 IZOD Indycar Series. The event took place at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Clark, County Nevada. The race was promptly put to a premature end following a massive accident started by drivers trying to avoid light contact between Wade Cunningham and James Hinchcliffe. 15 cars were involved in the wreck which unfortunately caused the death of two-time Indy 500 winner and 2005 series Champion Dan Wheldon.
The massive accident happened heading into turn one with Wade Cunningham clipping James Hinchcliffe who made contact with J.R. Hildebrand. What followed was a chain reaction of crashes that involved more than seven other drivers.
As cars negotiated driving through the field continuing to drive through the accident scene, traveling at more than 220 MPH, Wheldon tried to slow down considerably but ran into the back of Charlie Kimball. Shortly after, his car was airborne barrel-rolling into a catch fence cockpit first with his head hitting one of the poles; the initial cause of death.
A couple of hours later with many drivers in the hospital, an impromptu meeting was called to announce the abandonment of the race and sadly announcing officially that Dan Wheldon had died. All the remaining cars lined up on the track and circled Las Vegas Motor Speedway five times in tribute to Dan before calling off the race.
We’ve posted up the five lap tribute below. Needless to say, there was not a dry eye in that stadium as the Indy Cars made their way around the track. Danny Boy and Amazing Grace could be heard blaring through the speakers.
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