IndyCar returned to Las Vegas for the first time in 11 years today. The race was scheduled to go 200 laps, but on the 11th lap Wade Cunningham clipped James Hinchcliffe. This collision set off a 15 car pile up.
One of the people involved in the accident, Dan Wheldon, a two-time winner of the Indianapolis 500, hit another car and flew into the catch fencing. At 1:19 PM, Wheldon was airlifted to University Medical Center. Thirty-five minutes later, at 1:54 PM, he was pronounced dead.
Never before in its 15-year history has a driver been killed during a race in the Izod IndyCar Series.
“I’ll tell you, I’ve never seen anything like it,” said Ryan Briscoe. “The debris we all had to drive through the lap later, it looked like a war scene from ‘Terminator’ or something.”