Dan Wheldon killed in huge crash at IndyCar finale
Wheldon, the Indianapolis 500 winner who was in line to win $5 million had he won the race, was killed when his car flew over another on the Lap 12 wreck and apparently caught part of the catch fence just outside of Turn 2.
Wheldon was transported to a nearby hospital in a helicopter after the crash. Paul Tracy, who was involved in the wreck, said a team of doctors was working on Wheldon, but there was no word of his injuries. A helicopter lifted off from the speedway, and an IndyCar official confirmed Wheldon was onboard.
"Just a horrendous accident," said Tracy. "Lot of prayers right now for Dan."
Pippa Mann and J.R. Hildebrand also were transported to a hospital after complaining of dizziness.
Wheldon had to start in the back of the field as part of the promotion and had quickly worked his way through the 34-car field before the big wreck.
"I've never seen such a mess in my entire career on the race track," said Danica Patrick, in her final IndyCar race before heading to NASCAR. Really concerned about Dan right now."