Franchitti wins third Indianapolis 500

Franchitti wins third Indianapolis 500

INDIANAPOLIS, May 27 (UPI) -- Dario Franchitti charged back from a pit road mishap Sunday, grabbing the lead with two laps left and hanging on to win his third Indianapolis 500.

Castroneves ends drought with St. Pete win

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., March 25 (UPI) -- Helio Castroneves took the lead with 26 laps left and held on to end an 18-race winless streak with a victory Sunday at the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

IndyCar ends probe into Las Vegas wreck

INDIANAPOLIS, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- IndyCar officials said Thursday, at the end of a two-month investigation, a "perfect storm" of events caused the Las Vegas wreck that killed driver Dan Wheldon.
Las Vegas loses IndyCar race

Las Vegas loses IndyCar race

INDIANAPOLIS, Dec. 8 (UPI) -- The Las Vegas Motor Speedway, site of a 15-car crash in October that took the life of Dan Wheldon, lost its place in the IndyCar series Thursday.

IndyCar drivers, execs hold safety meeting

INDIANAPOLIS, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- IndyCar drivers and racing officials met privately on safety issues in Indianapolis Monday, eight days after driver Dan Wheldon died in a pileup during a race.

IndyCar's Wheldon mourned at Fla. funeral

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Hundreds of fans and family members gathered in Florida Saturday for the funeral of IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon, who was killed this month in a race crash.
Public service set for Wheldon

Public service set for Wheldon

INDIANAPOLIS, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- A public memorial service for Dan Wheldon, who died in an IndyCar race, has been scheduled for Sunday at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, an official said.

IndyCar launches crash investigation

LAS VEGAS, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Open wheel racing's governing body, IndyCar, announced Tuesday it has begun a formal investigation of Sunday's fatal 15-car crash in Las Vegas.
Coroner: Wheldon died of head injuries

Coroner: Wheldon died of head injuries

LAS VEGAS, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon's death in a Las Vegas Motor Speedway crash was the result of head injuries, medical officials ruled Monday.
IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon killed in wreck

IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon killed in wreck

LAS VEGAS, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon died Sunday in a hideous wreck that left the Las Vegas Motor Speedway littered with fiery debris.

Wheldon wins after Indy 500 leader crashes

INDIANAPOLIS, May 29 (UPI) -- Dan Wheldon inherited a lead on the final turn of the last lap and rode it home to a stunning victory Sunday in the Indianapolis 500's centennial race.

Franchitti claims Chicagoland IndyCar win

JOLIET, Ill., Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Dario Franchitti took a late lead and then held on Saturday to claim the Peak Antifreeze and Motor Oil Indy 300 at Chicagoland Speedway.
Castroneves wins his 3rd Indianapolis 500

Castroneves wins his 3rd Indianapolis 500

INDIANAPOLIS, May 24 (UPI) -- Pole-winner Helio Castroneves won the Indianapolis 500 auto race Sunday for the third time, nearly 2 seconds ahead of Dan Wheldon.

Dixon gets record-tying sixth indy win

SPARTA, Ky., Aug. 9 (UPI) -- Scott Dixon passed Helio Castroneves on the last turn of the final lap to win Saturday's Meijer Indy 300 at the Kentucky Speedway.

Dixon wins rain-shortened Indy race

NASHVILLE, July 12 (UPI) -- Scott Dixon won Saturday's rain-shortened Firestone Indy 200 at the Nashville Superspeedway.
Page 1 of 6
Dan Wheldon
Dan Wheldon (10) wins the Peak Antifreeze Indy 300 held at the Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, IL September 10, 2006. Dan Wheldon won the Indy 300, while Sam Hornish Jr. won the 2006 IRL IndyCar Series Championship with his third place finish in the race.(UPI Photo/Mark Cowan)

Daniel Clive Wheldon (born 22 June 1978) is an English auto racing driver. The 2005 Indy Racing League IndyCar Series champion and Indy 500 winner, Wheldon is nicknamed "Difficult Dan" in the IRL pit lane for his choleric temperament. He currently resides in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Wheldon who was born in Emberton, near Olney, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom took up karting at the age of four with funding from his father, he progressed through the junior ranks of motor racing during his school years. Attending Bedford School until he completed his GCSEs at age 16, he frequently took time off to race. During his early career in open wheel racing, he developed a rivalry with Jenson Button before ultimately leaving the United Kingdom to race in America. The reasoning behind the move was that the level of investment needed to fund his racing career in the UK wasn't able to be provided by his family. Moving to the United States in 1999, he spent several years in lower open-wheeled circuits like the U.S. F2000 Championship Series, the Toyota Atlantic series and the Indy Lights series.

In 2002, Wheldon moved up to the IRL IndyCar Series for two events, with Panther Racing as teammate to Sam Hornish, Jr.. The following year Wheldon joined Andretti Green Racing, taking the spot of Michael Andretti following his retirement, and collected league Rookie of the Year honours. In 2004, he won his first IRL race at Twin Ring Motegi in Japan, ultimately finishing as runner-up to teammate Tony Kanaan in the championship with three wins.

This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License.
It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Dan Wheldon."
Photo Galleries
Most Popular
Hershey's new logo launched, compared to emoji poop
Obamas attend wedding of personal chef
'Fifty Shades of Grey' director's home raided by police
Corvette Museum plans to fill in sinkhole
Pakistan PM Nawaz in hiding, death toll reaches 11