Fans Remember Indy Car 500’s Dan Wheldon

Indy car fans around the world are in mourning for Dan Wheldon. At 6 p.m. EST on Sunday, October 16, Major League Baseball fans were waiting to see if the Texas Rangers were going to play the St. Louis Cardinals or the Milwaukee Brewers. However, their tweets about the game soon silenced to pay their respects to the Indy 500 winner that suddenly lost his life.

On his personal Twitter page, Wheldon’s last remark around 5:30 p.m. EST was an excited, “Green!!!!” This final statement was in reference to the day’s event at the Las Vegas racetrack. Less than an hour later, his vehicle, No. 77, was part of a 15-car crash that left him critically injured. As he was flown out by helicopter, Wheldon, age 33, was pronounced dead.

Yahoo! Sports writer Jay Hart penned a heartfelt good-bye to Wheldon a few hours after he passed away. Only four days before, Hart interviewed Wheldon and said the Indy 500 champ “will be remembered as much for his engaging personality off the track as his dominating skills on it.”

At the top of his career, previous messages in Wheldon’s final days indicate that he was debating whether or not to join the Reaco Group for $5 million. However, fans are likely to forget the allure he had to top sponsors in the business and instead remember him as “simply the best” and ” someone I can look up to as a racing driver and a person/friend.”

Nonetheless, the most common social media message fans are writing is, “Our prayers are with Suzie and the kids. Rest in Peace Dan.”

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