The NTT INDYCAR SERIES continues revisiting special Indy 500 races this month, where 10 years ago, Dan Wheldon did the improbable
The 95th Running of the Indianapolis 500 took place Sunday, May 29, 2011 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which was celebrating the third of three races in the Centennial Celebration at the track. Pole-sitter and Canadian Alex Tagliani led the field of 33 drivers to the green flag.
The race was action-packed from the drop of the green flag, and ended with one of the most memorable finishes in Indianapolis 500, and motorsports, history.
American rookie JR Hildebrand, who took the reigns of the #4 Panther Racing car during the 2010-2011 offseason, took the lead with two laps remaining and appeared to be headed toward becoming the first rookie to win the race since Helio Castroneves in 2001. However, while trying to avoid lapped traffic exiting Turn 4 on the last lap, Hildebrand slammed into the wall.
HIldebrand's wounded car slid down the frontstretch, while Dan Wheldon's car screamed out of Turn 4 at full song, passing HIldebrand with about 1000 feet go to, to secure his second, and improbable, "500" win.
Dan Wheldon was a larger-than-life personality, who loved the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and its fans, just as much as his family and faith. INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will continue to celebrate the life and legacy of Dan Wheldon, from his racing passion, to his ideas on fan engagement, to his assistance in developing the Dallara INDYCAR IR-12 safety cell, lovingly referenced as the "DW12," which is still in use today by the NTT INDYCAR SERIES.
It is our extreme honor and pleasure to present our Classic Rewind this week, as we go back ten years to the 2011 Indianapolis 500 and we remember our friend, Dan Wheldon