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RIP: English race car driver Dan Wheldon, winner of this year’s Indianapolis 500, passed away today from injuries sustained in a 15-car crash on the 13th lap of the Las Vegas Indy 300.

“IndyCar is very sad to announce that Dan Wheldon has passed away from unsurvivable injuries,” IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family today. IndyCar, its drivers and owners, have decided to end the race.”

33-year-old Wheldon was a two-time winner of the Indy 500, having scored his previous Borg-Warner Trophy in 2005 — the same year he was named the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series champion.

He had his 134th career start at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where drivers participated in a five-lap salute in his honor.

[nbcsports / video: thenarltv / image: getty.]

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