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Dan Wheldon's Family And IndyCar Drivers Hold Memorial In Indianapolis


Oct. 23 2011, Published 11:37 a.m. ET

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Indianapolis was the scene of Dan Wheldon's greatest victories on the race track and today, his friends, family and fans gathered for a memorial honoring the driver who was killed last Sunday.

Wheldon's widow, Susie, both laughed and cried as guests paid tribute to the British-born driver's one-of-a-kind personality.

Garth Brooks and Reba McEntire both performed at the event held at Conseco Fieldhouse.

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Fellow drivers and close friend Tony Kanaan, Bryan Herta and Dario Franchitti all spoke about their friend. Dario and his wife Ashley Judd were later seen weeping in the audience.

“It’s just me being me, baby!” said Jeff Belskus, president and CEO of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway said from the stage as he summed up Wheldon’s unique flair.

As reported, the 33-year-old driver was killed last Sunday in what was possibly the worst crash in IndyCar history.

Celebrity Death

On Saturday, thousands of fans came out to pay their respects at a funeral service held in Wheldon's adopted hometown of St. Petersburg, Florida, reported.


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