The Verizon IndyCar Series is remembering British driver Dan Wheldon today, five years on from his fatal accident at Las Vegas Speedway.

Lion Heart, who won the 2012 Indianapolis 500 with Bryan Herta was one of the most popular drivers in the series winning the Indianapolis 500 twice in 2005, the same year he won the championship and again in 2012.

During his career, Wheldon drove for Panther Racing, Andretti Green Racing and Chip Ganassi Racing and Bryan Herta Autosport.

Wheldon began his Verizon IndyCar Series career in 2002 with Panther Racing alongside Sam Hornish Jr.

The Englishman moved to Andretti Green Racing in 2003, replacing Michael Andretti who retired from full time racing at the end of the 2002 season. In 2004, Wheldon took his first IndyCar win when he took victory for Andretti Green Racing at Twin Ring Motegi.

In 2005, Wheldon won the championship along with the Indianapolis 500. In 2006, the then defending champion moved across to Chip Ganassi Racing, spending three seasons with the team, winning six races.

In 2008, Wheldon moved to Panther Racing, spending three seasons with the team finishing ninth in the championship in 2010.

In partnership with Sam Schmidt Motorsports and Bryan Herta, Wheldon drove one race, the Indianapolis 500 and was entered into the season finale at Las Vegas Motor Speedway when he died in an accident in the early stages of the race. RIP Dan Wheldon, everyone in the Verizon IndyCar Series and the wider motorsport community miss you deeply and will always remember you.

 

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