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Dan Wheldon dies after crash in IndyCar Las Vegas race

Las Vegas, NV (Sports Network) - Former IZOD IndyCar Series champion and two- time Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon died from injuries sustained in a horrifying 15-car crash during Sunday's 300-mile season-finale race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He was 33 years old.

Wheldon, who captured his series title in 2005 and won his second Indianapolis 500 five months ago, was fatally injured after his car became airborne. The vehicle then appeared to hit the outside wall and catch the fence along the backstretch, and erupted into flames. The incident occurred after Wade Cunningham ran into the back of J.R. Hildebrand, sending Hildebrand's car airborne and triggering the crash.

IndyCar chief executive officer Randy Bernard made the announcement of Wheldon's death roughly two hours after the accident occurred. Bernard also announced the race would not finish, and drivers would make a five-lap salute to Wheldon.

10/16 18:30:43 ET

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