Dan Wheldon killed in IndyCar crash

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Bedfordshire driver Dan Wheldon has died in an IndyCar racing accident in Las Vegas.

The 33-year-old, who was raised near Olney and attended Bedford School, was killed in the IndyCar season finale at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday (October 16).

Dan Wheldon

Dan Wheldon

He was in a 15-car accident. He was airlifted to a local hospital but later died of his injuries.

The father of two was married to Susie Behm in 2008 and had two sons, Sebastian and Oliver.

Dan Wheldon wwas a hugely successful British racing driver who was IndyCar Series champion in 2005 and won the prestigious Indianapolis 500 in both 2005 and 2011.

Born in Emberton near Olney, he attended Bedford School through to the age of 16.

But he was already an enthusiastic and talented driver - karting from the age of four - who frequently took time out of the classroom for racing.

He relocated to the USA in 1999. In 2002 he was called up to the Panther Racing Squad, later switching to Andretti Green Racing.

In 2005 he won the series, then moved to Ganassi Racing the following year where he finished level on points in the championship with Sam Hornish Jnr but lost the tie-breaker due to Hornish having more wins.

In 2009 he returned to Panther Racing before heading to Bryan Herta Autosport this year. He lived in Florida.

More tributes to follow. Please pay your tributes to Dan below.