Athletes React to IndyCar Racer Dan Wheldon's Deadly Crash

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Dan Wheldon
Today, the IndyCar Finale at  Las Vegas Motor Speedway ended in tragedy when a fiery 15-car crash killed British racer Dan Wheldon, a two-time Indy 500 inner, who was just 33 years old. Three other car racers -- Pippa Mann, JR Hildebrand, and Will Power -- were hurt. According to other racers, including Danica Patrick, the crash was like a scene from a movie with cars flying through the air, things catching on fire, and debris littering the track. Wheldon leaves behind his wife Susie Behm and sons Sebastian, 2, and Oliver 8 months.

The rest of the race was canceled and drivers slowly drove around the track in Wheldon's honor while "Amazing Grace" played.

Other athletes lit up Twitter with their condolences:

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"Life is so short. Make the most of it & enjoy every minute you have w/ those you love. My thoughts are w/ Dan's family. RIP DanWheldon." -- Brian Westbrook, former Philadelphia Eagles running back

"My heart hurts deeply for Dan Wheldon and his family.An amazing individual who inspired me the moment we met.RIP Dan. Your legacy lives on." -- Hope Solo, US Women's National Team Goalkeeper:

"The loss of Dan Wheldon affects the whole racing community. May all our thoughts and prayers b w his family. He will b missed!" -- Kyle Busch, NASCAR driver

"Reading on twitter about the passing of IndyCar racer DanWheldon is extremely sobering and a reminder that life is too short already..." -- C.J. Wilson, Texas Rangers pitcher

"I'm sick at my stomach right now over Dan Wheldon. I just hung out w/ him a month ago and he was such an awesome guy w/ so much life in him." -- Trevor Bayne, 2011 Daytona 500 Winner

"Spent a little time with Dan Wheldon several years ago in Paris for Race of Champions. Great guy, great driver. Will certainly b missed. -- Jeff Gordon, NASCAR driver 

"Terrible day for racing...RIP Dan Wheldon" -- Kevin Harvick, NASCAR driver 

"Life is to precious to take for granted. Enjoy every second u have. RIP Dan Wheldon." -- Joba Chamberlain, New York Yankees pitcher

 

Our deepest sympathy goes out to Wheldon's family and friends.

 

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