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						Dan Wheldon

Dan Wheldon

Date of Birth June 22, 1978
Date of Death October 16, 2011, Las Vegas, NV
Place of Birth England
Country United Kingdom
Profession Race Car Driver
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Dan Wheldon is a famous Race Car Driver, born on June 22, 1978 in United Kingdom. As of January 9, 2023, Dan Wheldon’s net worth is $15 Million. He developed a rivalry with British race car driver Jenson Button.

Parents Clive Wheldon
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Spouse Susie Behm
Children(s) Sebastian Wheldon, Oliver Wheldon


British race car driver who was the 2005 Indy Racing League Indycar series champion. He tragically died during an accident at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. An autopsy conducted by Clark County Coroner Michael Murphy on 17 October determined that Wheldon died of a blunt force trauma to his head. He was the fifth Indianapolis 500 winner to die in a racing accident in the same year as winning the race, and the first repeat winner to do so. Preceding Wheldon were Gaston Chevrolet (1920), Joe Boyer (1924), Ray Keech (1929), and George Robson (1946). He was also the first driver to be killed in IndyCar competition since Paul Dana died in an accident during practice for the 2006 Toyota Indy 300 at Homestead–Miami Speedway. On 22 October, Wheldon was given a funeral at the First Presbyterian Church of St. Petersburg attended by almost 1,000 mourners. Fellow drivers Dario Franchitti, Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan and Wheldon’s three brothers acted as pall-bearers. The next day, IndyCar held a public memorial service for him at Conseco Fieldhouse (now Bankers Life Fieldhouse) in Indianapolis attended by members of the motor racing community and his family and fans. A second memorial service for Wheldon took place at the All Saints’ Church in his home town of Emberton on 6 November. He is buried at the Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Clearwater, Florida..

He had two children with his wife Susie Behm.

Wheldon was born in the village of Emberton near the town of Olney, Buckinghamshire, England on 22 June 1978. He was the son of plumber and domestic heat electrician Clive Wheldon and his wife Sue. Wheldon was of Irish descent. He had three younger brothers and a sister. Wheldon’s family was connected to motorsport; his father had competed in karting from an early age and his mother acted as Clive’s timekeeper. He went to the Bedford School until he completed his GCSE examinations at the age of 16. Wheldon attained good reading grades and excelled in cross-country running, rugby and squash. He was also captain of the school’s cricket team.

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Daniel Clive Wheldon (22 June 1978 – 16 October 2011) was a British motor racing driver who won the 2005 IndyCar Series Drivers’ Championship for Andretti Green Racing (AGR). He won the Indianapolis 500 in 2005 and 2011, and a was co-winner of the 2006 24 Hours of Daytona with Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR).

Dan Wheldon Net Worth

Dan Wheldon is one of the richest Race Car Driver & listed on most popular Race Car Driver. According to our analysis, Wikipedia, Forbes & Business Insider, Dan Wheldon's net worth $15 Million.

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He began kart racing at the age of 4.

Daniel Clive Wheldon (22 June 1978 – 16 October 2011) was a British motor racing driver who won the 2005 IndyCar Series Drivers’ Championship for Andretti Green Racing (AGR). He won the Indianapolis 500 in 2005 and 2011, and a was co-winner of the 2006 24 Hours of Daytona with Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR).

Wheldon began go-kart racing at the age of four but did not take part in competitive racing until he was eight due to age limits. He drove a self-built 60cc kart during the intervals before switching to a 100cc kart later on. Wheldon was sponsored by All Kart owner Bruno Ferrari and his father helped to better his son’s driving ability at Rye House Kart Circuit. He won the RAC British Cadet Karting Championship three times in 1988, 1989 and 1990. Wheldon went on to win the British B Junior title driving a Wright chassis in 1992. He was later advised by Mark Rose and Terry Fullerton as he progressed to the international level. Wheldon won the 1995 FIA Formula A World Cup with Fullerton’s team. Aged 17, he progressed to car racing, competing in the Formula Vauxhall Junior Championship for Team JLR in 1996, winning the Brands Hatch, Silverstone and Oulton Park races and taking seven top-three results to finish second in the standings.

Marcus Simmons, a writer for the British motor racing magazine Autosport, called Wheldon “one of a golden crop of richly-talented British drivers to graduate from karting to junior single-seaters in the mid to late-1990s”, and, “a man who embodied the ideal of the immigrant to the ‘New World’ fulfilling the American Dream.” Although he had a brash and confident persona that made him “cocky yet likeable”, journalist Maurice Hamilton noted that Wheldon was seen by many as “a devoted family man, deeply respected and universally liked despite, or perhaps because of, a cheeky sense of self-awareness and a clever cultivation of his image”. He had charisma, a sense of humour and warmth that made him a favourite amongst motor racing fans and the media, despite being unrecognisable in England due to Formula One being the country’s most popular motor racing series. Wheldon was a keen learner, and was focused on accomplishing his objectives.

Dan Wheldon Wife

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He progressed to the 2000 Toyota Atlantic Championship, driving for PPI Motorsports in its No. 3 Swift 008.a vehicle, winning the season-opening Homestead–Miami Speedway round to become the first driver in series history to win on his debut. He won the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca race, finishing as runner-up in the championship standings with 159 points and a further nine top-ten finishes. Wheldon was named the series’ Rookie of the Year. For the 2001 season, Wheldon moved to the PacWest Lights outfit to compete in the higher-tier Indy Lights Championship. In the No. 1 Lola T97/20-Buick 3800 V6, he won two races in the championship’s second half (Gateway Motorsports Park and Road Atlanta) and placed in the top-ten in all twelve events to finish as runner-up in the drivers’ championship with 149 points. Wheldon was named the 2001 Indy Lights Rookie of the Year.

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Ranked on the list of most popular Race Car Driver. Also ranked in the elit list of famous celebrity born in United Kingdom. Dan Wheldon celebrates birthday on June 22 of every year.

At the suggestion of his former team principal and car manufacturer Ralph Firman Sr., he flew to the United States in January 1999 to test a Formula Ford 2000 car. Wheldon also observed an Indy Lights and Toyota Atlantic test session for future preparation. His funding was provided by Jayhard/Primus Racing owner Jon Baytos and Van Diemen. He competed in the U.S. F2000 National Championship in 1999 in Jayhard/Primus Racing’s Van Diemen RF99, taking the title on his first attempt with six wins and eleven top-ten finishes. Wheldon’s early performance was affected by jet lag from constant travel to the United Kingdom to visit his family and his desire to compete in Formula Three. He stopped doing so after about three months, when Baytos urged him to concentrate on racing. Wheldon was named the series’ Rookie of the Year, and was inducted into its Hall of Fame in 2012 as a 1999 graduate.

What caused Dan Wheldons death?

An autopsy conducted by Clark County Coroner Michael Murphy on 17 October determined that Wheldon died of a blunt force trauma to his head. He was the fifth Indianapolis 500 winner to die in a racing accident in the same year as winning the race, and the first repeat winner to do so.

How many people died in the Dan Wheldon crash?

There were 34 cars in October’s Las Vegas event. The infrastructure, fencing, barriers, track and all facilities were thoroughly reviewed prior to the season’s fateful final race. There were 15 cars involved in the multi-car wreck that took Wheldon’s life. The accident occurred on lap 11 of 200.

What car was Dan Wheldon driving when he crashed?

Fortunately, cameras cut to a broad view right before Wheldon’s No. 77 lifted off Paul Tracy’s car and flew from the inside track into the outside catch wall, bursting into flames upon impact and skidding back across the pavement.

Is Dan Wheldon still alive?

October 16, 2011

What was Dan Wheldon last words?

Sometimes one’s final tweet has a sense of irony—as was the case when two-time Indianapolis 500 winning race car driver Dan Wheldon tweeted “Green!!!” prior to a race in Las Vegas, where he died in a 15-car accident.

Wheldon began competitive karting at the age of eight and achieved early success, before progressing to open-wheel car racing in the U.S. F2000 National Championship, the Toyota Atlantic Championship and Indy Lights. He began driving in IndyCar with Panther Racing in 2002. The following year, Wheldon moved to AGR, finishing as the runner-up in the 2004 series championship. He won the drivers’ title in 2005 with the record for most victories (including the 2005 Indianapolis 500) during a season. In the 2006 season, he moved to CGR, tying Sam Hornish Jr. in points but finishing second because of count-back on the number of victories taken by both drivers. During the 2007 and 2008 seasons, Wheldon’s form lowered but he won four additional races and placed fourth in points in both years.

After his objective of obtaining a seat in Championship Auto Racing Teams (later Champ Car World Series) went unfulfilled, he began his association with the rival Indy Racing League (IRL) by joining Panther Racing as its test driver in June 2002. He later brought capital to the team and drove their second car for the final two races of the 2002 season. Wheldon qualified seventh in the No. 7 Dallara IR02 Chevrolet V8 and finished tenth in his first IRL race, the Delphi Indy 300 at Chicagoland Speedway. He came fifteenth in the season-closing Chevy 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. He finished his two-race campaign thirty-sixth in the points standings with 35 points accrued. When funding for a second Panther Racing car fell through, Andretti Green Racing (AGR) co-owner Kim Green contacted Wheldon in October and asked him to test its IRL car and develop its Honda engine at Homestead–Miami Speedway the following month. Wheldon was signed to be the team’s test driver in November as they sought sponsorship to enable his participation during the 2003 season.

The lack of sponsorship prevented him from starting the season though he was called up to drive when regular driver Dario Franchitti broke his vertebrae in a motor bike accident in Scotland. In his first race driving the No. 27 Dallara IR-03 Honda HI3R V8 car, at the Indy Japan 300 at Twin Ring Motegi, Wheldon qualified fifth and finished seventh in the accident-shortened race. Wheldon qualified for his first Indianapolis 500 in fifth. Late in the race, he crashed heavily into a concrete retaining wall and somersaulted into the air before landing upside down, which relegated him to a 19th-place finish. After Franchitti returned, Wheldon was retained as a driver following the retirement of team owner and mentor Michael Andretti. He drove well thereafter with another eight top-ten finishes. Starting tenth at Chicagoland Speedway, Wheldon led for a season-high 38 laps and came fourth. He ended the season with a third-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway, finishing with 312 points (11th in the point standings). Wheldon’s performances enhanced his reputation, and he demonstrated an accord with oval track racing that many European drivers lacked. He was awarded the 2003 IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year, and was voted the 2003 Autosport Rookie of the Year.

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