Racing Driver Killed

17 October 2011, 10:27 | Updated: 17 October 2011, 10:59

A British racing driver's been killed in a 15-car 220mph crash during a race in Las Vegas.

Indy car driver Dan Wheldon, 33, was badly injured in the crash in the Indy 300 race on Sunday 16 October 2011 when his car flew above another.  He was flown to hospital, but didn't survive the injuries he had suffered.

Dan was born and grew up in Olney, Buckinghamshire and went to Bedford School.  He leaves behind his wife Susie and their children Sebastian, 2, and Oliver, aged two months, with whom he lived in Florida.

After the crash, the other drivers did five laps as a tribute.

Watch video of the crash

Watch a video report from Olney, Buckinghamshire

Stars of Formula One have been paying tribute to Dan.

Lewis Hamilton, the 2008 Formula One world champion from Stevenage said "This is an extremely sad day.

"Dan was a racer I'd followed throughout my career, as I often followed in his footsteps as we climbed the motorsport ladder in the UK.

"He was an extremely talented driver. As a British guy, who not only went over to the States but who twice won the Indy 500, he was an inspirational guy, and someone that every racing driver looked up to with respect and admiration.

"This is a tragic loss at such a young age. My heart goes out to his family and friends during this extremely difficult time.''

Hamilton's McLaren team-mate and fellow former world champion Jenson Button paid tribute to Wheldon on Twitter.

He wrote: "Just woken up to the most horrific news.. Dan Wheldon RIP...

"I have so many good memories of racing with Dan in the early 90's, a true fighter. We've lost a legend in our sport but also a great guy.

"I can't begin to imagine what his family are going through and my thoughts are with them at this very difficult time."

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