Dan Wheldon’s family has announced details of his funeral service, which will take place on Saturday in his home city of St Petersburg, Florida.
The IndyCar driver was fatally injured in a sickening multi-car crash during the season-ending championship race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Wheldon’s wife Susie has confirmed that the funeral – which will be held at the First Presbyterian Church of St. Petersburg, 701 Beach Drive N.E. in St. Petersburg, Florida at 10am ET – is open to members of the public.
“Although the last few days have been unbearable for our family, the overwhelming love and support we have received are rays of sunshine during these dark days,” she said in an official statement released by IndyCar.
“The outpouring of sympathy and condolences has been so comforting, and I want to thank everyone for their kind notes, letters, gifts and flowers.
“Dan touched the lives of many people, and I would like to invite those citizens in our community who knew and loved my husband to attend his funeral service.
“Though we won’t be able to fit everyone inside, I know that Dan would have wanted the community to share in the celebration of his life and to grieve his passing. Thank you again. I am forever grateful for your kindness.”
IndyCar also confirmed that a trust fund has been set up to guarantee the financial security of Wheldon’s family. Contributions to the Dan Wheldon Family Trust can be made at the following address:
Fifth Third Private Bank
Attn: Dan Wheldon Family Trust
251 North Illinois St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Members of the public can also send their condolences to the Wheldon family, which can be addressed to:
9600 Koger Blvd N, Ste. 105
St Petersburg, FL 33702
IndyCar has already confirmed that a public memorial service celebrating the life of Wheldon will be held on Sunday at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.