Dan Wheldon (1978-2011)

The news of Dan Wheldon’s tragic passing during today’s IndyCar Series finale at Las Vegas has rocked the motorsport world, and tributes have poured in from around the world.

While this is no means an all-encompassing list, below are some of the latest tributes to have come through…

“Very say day! Two-time Indy 500 winner! Great Champion! All my condolences and love to Dan Wheldon’s Family! I have seen many fine men/racers leave us prematurely over my lifetime, it is an unfortunate part of our sport. Godspeed Dan Wheldon.” Emerson Fittipaldi

“What a tragedy! Hard to believe! RIP, my friend Dan Wheldon.” Antonio Pizzonia

“My thoughts go to his family. [The] loss of a great young talent and [a] nice guy. Racing can be so cruel at times. Days like this are never easy for any driver, old or young, [it] brings home the risk and underlines [it].” Mark Blundell

“Rest in Peace, Dan. I remember our early days in the UK in 1995-6. Miss ya…” Mark Webber

“Dan Wheldon was a tremendous competitor, a great racer and an even better person. It was an honour to have him be a part of our team. All of us at Sam Schmidt Motorsports are deeply saddened by his passing. Our prayers go out to all his family, especially his wife Susie, and their two children.” Sam Schmidt

“There are no words for today. Myself and so many others are devastated. I pray for Susie and the kids that God will give them strength.” Danica Patrick

“My heart goes out to the Wheldon family. Dan was an incredible champion, great friend, great guy and someone to look up to.” Graham Rahal

“No words to describe the pain. See you on the other side, my dear friend. You will be missed.” Tony Kanaan

“I don’t have words for the tragic loss of Dan today. He was a good many and will be missed by all of us.” Ryan Briscoe

“This is one of the saddest days of my life. Can’t believe we have lost him. He was a true champion and a great friend.” Alex Lloyd

“The passing of Dan Wheldon today is a great shame. Dan was a great driver as evidenced by not only his Indianapolis 500 victories, but by his many wins and great performances in the race car. But he was much more than a great driver. He was a good guy, good family man and really seemed to have a bright future not only as a driver but as a television personality as well. He will be missed.” Bobby Rahal

“The entire KV Racing Technology – Lotus organisation 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.” KV Racing


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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.