A mini-shrine has already been created at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Wheldon's honour

A public memorial service will be held to celebrate the life of two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon, who suffered fatal head injuries in a multi-car pile-up at last weekend’s season-ending IndyCar race at Las Vegas.

IndyCar organisers have confirmed that the event will take place at 4pm this Sunday afternoon at Indianapolis’ 18,000-seat Conseco Fieldhouse, the home stadium of the Indiana Pacers basketball team.

Meanwhile, Sky Sports has announced that it will broadcast a tribute documentary to Wheldon on Sky Sports 2 and Sky Sports HD2 on Thursday, October 20 at 10pm.

The hour-long documentary will examine Wheldon’s rise through the motorsport ranks in the mid-1990s through to his emergence as one of the most successful imports in IndyCar history.

The 33-year-old is survived by his wife, Susie, and two young sons. A trust fund has been established for Wheldon’s family with contributions to be accepted starting on Wednesday.

It is also believed that fellow IndyCar driver Graham Rahal is behind efforts to set up a fundraising auction in Wheldon’s honour. More details of this will be published when they are known.

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