death of a champion

Dan Wheldon pulls on a flame-retardant hood before his qualifying laps during the Argent Mortgage Indy 300 at the Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas on July 4, 2004.

Dan Wheldon competes in the Argent Mortgage Indy 300 at the Kansas Speedway.

Tragically, Dan Wheldon, a British Indy Racing League driver, died from injuries he suffered during a 15-car pileup at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on October 16, 2011. He was 33.

I photographed Wheldon during the Argent Mortgage Indy 300 at the Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas on July 4, 2004. He won the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series Championship in 2005 as well as the Indianapolis 500 in 2005 and 2011. He leaves behind a wife and two sons.

-scott weaver

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