From Lotus: “British IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon has died following a massive accident at the Las Vegas Indy 300. IndyCar bosses decided to end the Las Vegas race following the crash. Instead, the drivers took part in a five-lap salute, with Wheldon’s number 77 the only number on the scoreboard. The entire KV Racing Technology – Lotus organization extends its heartfelt condolences to the Wheldon family on this very sad occasion. Dan was a great champion and friend, a loving husband and father. He will be deeply missed.”

Our thoughts are with his friends andfamily, his wife and two young sons at a very difficult time.

From some of his friends & colleagues on twitter this morning:

“I am so deeply sad for Dan Wheldon’s family. He was a great competitor and gentleman. All his friends in motorsport will miss him deeply.”
“ART Grand Prix R.I.P Dan :(“
“RIP Dan Wheldon, you will be greatly missed”
“No words to describe the pain. See you on the other side my dear friend. You will be missed”

“From Sebastian Vettel’s joy to the dreadful news from Vegas a few hours later. RIP Dan Wheldon, what a racer you were, such a tragic loss”

“Just woken up to the most horrific news.. Dan Wheldon RIP…”
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