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October 18, 2011
AS TELEVISION coverage of Dan Wheldon's death in the IndyCar Series race at Las Vegas neared the finish line Sunday evening, Marty Reid said people often ask him why he signs off ABC/ESPN auto-racing telecasts with "Till we meet again. " Reid said he does it because "goodbye is so final. " Then Reid said, "Goodbye, Dan Wheldon. " Reid's commentary was perfect, as was the classy tribute of having the 19 race cars that escaped the mayhem that killed Wheldon drive five laps around the track while Wheldon's No. 77 was the only lighted number atop the track scoreboard.
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October 17, 2011 | Associated Press
LAS VEGAS - Dan Wheldon, who moved to the United States from his native England with hopes of winning the Indianapolis 500 and went on to twice prevail at his sport's most famed race, died Sunday after a massive, fiery wreck at the Las Vegas Indy 300. He was 33. Wheldon, who won the Indy 500 for the second time this May, won 16 times in his IndyCar career and was the series champion in 2005. He was airlifted from the Las Vegas track at 1:19 p.m. local time and taken to a nearby hospital, becoming the first IndyCar driver to die after an on-track crash since rookie Paul Dana was killed in practice on the morning of race day at Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2006.
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May 31, 2005 | By Pete Schnatz INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Dan Wheldon was reminded yesterday that yes, it does rain in Indianapolis. The morning after becoming the first Englishman to win the Indianapolis 500 since Graham Hill in 1966, Wheldon awoke to headlines that read "Dan, Well Done" and "Great Briton!" Then he headed off to Indianapolis Motor Speedway and proved that - along with being the IndyCar Series' hottest driver - he can also walk on water, stepping nimbly through puddles on his way to a photo shoot at the track's famous yard of bricks.
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March 26, 2012 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
HELIO CASTRONEVES used a bold pass of Scott Dixon 27 laps from the finish to win the IndyCar season opener through the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla., where he celebrated with a tribute to the late Dan Wheldon . Castroneves stopped his Penske Racing Chevrolet in Turn 10, which earlier this year was renamed Dan Wheldon Way in honor of the two-time Indianapolis 500 winner. After climbing the fence, his traditional victory celebration, he ran to the street sign and patted it, then emotionally doubled over against the wall.
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October 17, 2011 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
LAS VEGAS - Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon died yesterday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway after his car became ensnarled in a fiery 15-car pileup on Lap 13, flew over another vehicle and landed in a catch fence just outside Turn 2. The 33-year-old racer was a two-time Indianapolis 500 winner, including this year's race. Three other drivers, including championship contender Will Power, were hurt in the pileup. Weldon was airlifted from the track to University Medical Center; about 2 hours later, his colleagues were told of his death.
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May 30, 2011 | By Paul Newberry, Associated Press
INDIANAPOLIS - J.R. Hildebrand was one turn away from winning the Indianapolis 500 and within sight of the checkered flag when the 23-year-old rookie made the ultimate mistake. Leading by almost four seconds with a lap to go, Hildebrand skidded high into the wall on the final turn, and Dan Wheldon drove past to claim an improbable second Indy 500 win Sunday in his first race of the year. "It's a helpless feeling," Hildebrand said. Wheldon, the 2005 winner but without a full-time ride this season, appeared headed for his third straight runner-up finish when Hildebrand took the white flag needing only to make it through the last of 200 laps around the 21/2-mile speedway.
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May 29, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
INDIANAPOLIS - IndyCar hit the jackpot with the Indianapolis 500: a record number of lead changes, a thrilling final dash for the trophy, a popular podium finish and 500 miles of racing under a blistering sun. "What a tremendous race. We couldn't have asked for anything better for our marquee event," IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard said Monday. That's the hard sell for the attention-starved series. Despite good racing, strong story lines and colorful characters, IndyCar can't seem to grow its fan base.
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January 30, 2006 | Daily News Staff and Wire Reports
The team of Dan Wheldon, Scott Dixon and Casey Mears survived the Rolex 24 to give car owner Chip Ganassi a victory in America's most prestigious sports car endurance event. Reigning Indy Racing League champion and Indianapolis 500 winner Wheldon, former IRL champ Dixon and NASCAR star Mears drove together for the first time and put together a solid effort on the way to victory yesterday in Daytona Beach, Fla. Avoiding major trouble was the key in this grueling, twice-around-the-clock battle that saw seven different leaders, all of them among the 31 Daytona Prototypes that started at the front of the 66-car field at 12:10 p.m. Saturday.
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May 26, 2012
Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Doug O'Neill has been suspended 45 days as a result of one of his horses exceeding the allowable limit for carbon dioxide. But the punishment won't begin before July 1 and does not involve I'll Have Another , ensuring that the colt will be able to race in next month's Belmont Stakes. The suspension comes in the midst of I'll Have Another's bid to become horse racing's first Triple Crown winner in 34 years. The California Horse Racing Board, meeting in a closed session Thursday at Betfair Hollywood Park in Inglewood cited O'Neill after his horse Argenta tested for a high level of TCO2 in its blood after finishing eighth in a race at Del Mar on Aug. 25, 2010.
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May 1, 2013
Four days after he was picked in the second round of the NFL draft, rookie quarterback Geno Smith has left his agents, Select Sports according to the Sports Business Journal. Smith, the former West Virginia standout, and subject of much speculation by Eagles fans, was expected to be the top quarterback taken this year. The New York Daily News reported that fall is the reason Smith left. Smith tweeted that he did not fire his agents "because of the whole draft experience. " The Daily News also reported that Smith won't join Jay-Z 's stable of clients.
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August 28, 2015 | Howard Gensler, Daily News Staff Writer
D AVID LETTERMAN is doing some soul-searching these days, but it's not due to his retirement from the "Late Show. " It's due to his racing team - Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. And it's due to the recent racing death of Justin Wilson . In a phone interview with the Associated Press, the retired late-night comedian and IndyCar team co-owner rattled off a number of similar deaths - Dan Wheldon , Paul Dana , Dale Earnhardt , Ayrton Senna , sprint-car driver Kevin Ward Jr. - and wondered if "maybe we've reached diminishing returns at making this sport safer.
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August 28, 2015 | By Bill Fleischman, Daily News Sports Columnist
AS SAFE as racing organizations try to make the sport, it is still a dangerous profession. Even the most fearless racers know the risks. They just try not to think about them. For Justin Wilson to die after a piece of debris, presumably the nose cone from leader Sage Karam's crashed car, struck him in the head is about as unlucky as it gets in racing. Most of the time debris bounces off a car, or misses a car. Wilson, 37, a native of Sheffield, England, is believed to be the first IndyCar or NASCAR driver to die at Pocono in a racing accident.
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May 1, 2013
Four days after he was picked in the second round of the NFL draft, rookie quarterback Geno Smith has left his agents, Select Sports according to the Sports Business Journal. Smith, the former West Virginia standout, and subject of much speculation by Eagles fans, was expected to be the top quarterback taken this year. The New York Daily News reported that fall is the reason Smith left. Smith tweeted that he did not fire his agents "because of the whole draft experience. " The Daily News also reported that Smith won't join Jay-Z 's stable of clients.
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June 9, 2012 | Associated Press
FORT WORTH, Texas - Alex Tagliani led a Honda sweep in qualifying at Texas Motor Speedway, where drivers debated the rule package mandated by IndyCar as the series returns to a high-banked oval for the first time since Dan Wheldon's death. There's been concern throughout the industry in the lead-up to Saturday night's race, particularly among drivers who are unanimously opposed to the pack-style racing that was cited as a factor in Wheldon's fatal October accident at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
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May 30, 2012
Boxer Paul Williams was driving his modified sport motorcycle too fast for conditions when he crashed into an embankment and was partially paralyzed, police said Tuesday. Williams has no movement from the waist down after Sunday's crash in Marietta, northwest of Atlanta, his manager George Peterson said. The 30-year-old severed his spinal cord after falling on his back and head when he was thrown from the motorcycle, Peterson said. Williams was driving at a rate of speed too fast for conditions, Marietta police said.
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May 29, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
INDIANAPOLIS - IndyCar hit the jackpot with the Indianapolis 500: a record number of lead changes, a thrilling final dash for the trophy, a popular podium finish and 500 miles of racing under a blistering sun. "What a tremendous race. We couldn't have asked for anything better for our marquee event," IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard said Monday. That's the hard sell for the attention-starved series. Despite good racing, strong story lines and colorful characters, IndyCar can't seem to grow its fan base.
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May 28, 2012 | By Jim Peltz, Los Angeles Times
INDIANAPOLIS - The Indianapolis 500 will be run for the 96th time Sunday, but several things will be different about the venerable race this year. All the drivers are using a new car that's untested in 500 miles of race conditions at the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The car has enhanced safety features and there are multiple manufacturers providing engines, versus only one engine maker before. Danica Patrick, having moved to NASCAR, isn't here for the first time in eight years.
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May 28, 2012 | By Jenna Fryer, Associated Press
INDIANAPOLIS - Dan Wheldon couldn't win his third Indianapolis 500. Dario Franchitti did it for him. And if it wasn't going to be Franchitti, then it would be Scott Dixon. Maybe even Tony Kanaan. No matter what, one of Wheldon's best buddies was going to Victory Lane. In the end, they celebrated a 1-2-3 sweep that honored D-Dub, their missing friend. Franchitti stamped his name in the record books by winning his third Indy 500 on Sunday, a day that started and ended as a tribute to Wheldon, who won the race a year ago but was killed in an October crash in the IndyCar season finale.
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May 26, 2012
Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Doug O'Neill has been suspended 45 days as a result of one of his horses exceeding the allowable limit for carbon dioxide. But the punishment won't begin before July 1 and does not involve I'll Have Another , ensuring that the colt will be able to race in next month's Belmont Stakes. The suspension comes in the midst of I'll Have Another's bid to become horse racing's first Triple Crown winner in 34 years. The California Horse Racing Board, meeting in a closed session Thursday at Betfair Hollywood Park in Inglewood cited O'Neill after his horse Argenta tested for a high level of TCO2 in its blood after finishing eighth in a race at Del Mar on Aug. 25, 2010.
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