Susie Wheldon, the widow to the late Dan Wheldon has been presented with a miniature Borg Warner trophy in a ceremony in Detroit overnight.
At the annual Automotive News World Congress dinner, both Wheldon, Steve Newey and Bryan Herta – co-owners of Bryan Herta Autosports – were presented with the replica trophies by BorgWarner CEO Tim Manganello to commemorate the late Dan Wheldon’s Indianapolis 500 victory taken last May.
“Anyone who knew Dan or heard him speak about the Indy 500 knew how passionate he was about this race. He loved everything about it,” Susie Wheldon said at the event.
In a spectacular race, Wheldon took the lead for the first time on the final straight on the final lap when the previous leader JR Hildebrand sensationally crashed while exiting the final turn. Hildebrand had enough momentum to carry his wrecked car across the finish line, but it was not enough to prevent Wheldon from storming through to take the twin-chequers and the famed bottle of milk. It was Dan’s second Indy 500 victory, adding to his 2005 win for Andretti Autosport, a race in which Herta himself finished on the podium.
“The victory at the Indianapolis 500 last year was incredibly special in so many ways. Dan Wheldon’s belief in our team, and his commitment and encouragement to every team member raised the level of the entire program,” Herta said at the dinner.
“The last 20 laps Dan drove at Indy were among the best I’ve ever seen from anyone in this sport. This victory belongs to Dan, and we’re all very proud to have been a part of it.”
[Article by Matt Lennon; image via LAT]