Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon died today in a fiery 15-car wreck at Las Vegas Motor Speedway when his car flew over another and smashed into the wall
Dan Wheldon was 33 years old when he was killed during the Indy 300 race.
The British driver won the Indianapolis 500 twice, including this year.
"IndyCar is very sad to announce that Dan Wheldon has passed away from unsurvivable injuries,'' IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family today. IndyCar, its drivers and owners, have decided to end the race. In honor of Dan Wheldon, the drivers have decided to do a five-lap salute to in his honor.''
Three other drivers, including championship contender Will Power, were hurt in the pileup.
New Zealand drivers Wade Cunningham and Scott Dixon were both in the race but were not injured.
Many drivers said the crash was the worstthey had ever seen, and left debris littering the track.
The track was red-flagged following the accident while crews worked on fences and removed smashed cars.
Drivers had been concerned about the high speeds at the track, where they were hitting nearly 225mph during practice.
Their concerns became reality when contact on Turn 2 sent cars flying through the air, crashing into each other and into the outside wall and catch fence.