October 20, 2011
In this May 31, 2011 file photo, Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon visits Frankie's Sports Bar & Grill in downtown Fort Worth, Texas to promote the Firestone Twin 275s at Texas motor Speedway. Wheldon died Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011 in a fiery 15-car wreck at Las Vegas Motor Speedway when his car flew over another on Lap 13 and smashed into the wall just outside turn 2. He was 33.
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The death of Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon has sparked safety discussions throughout motorsports just as NASCAR heads to one of the fastest tracks on its circuit.