33-years old and gone.
It was a horrific accident - 15 cars crashed and burned 13 laps into the race. Dan Wheldon was air-lifted to a nearby hospital where he died of "unsurvivable injuries."
We watched the accident on the news after it happened. The phrase is "like a train wreck..." Watching it on the news, it was so horrible that it brought us to tears, but you couldn't look away. After they announced his death, the MCs said they'd play the crash footage one more time, but out of respect wouldn't play it again.
The 19 drivers whose cars were not damaged did a 5-lap tribute around the track, in honor of Dan. His car number, 77, posted at #1 for the remainder of the afternoon. For the first time since 1999, they said, they were cancelling the remainder of the race.
33. M's age this year. So sad. What a waste. I'm so sad for his family.