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Indy 500 Winner Wheldon Killed in Horrific Crash

"Like a war scene from Terminator."

by on Oct.17, 2011

A fiery crash takes the life of Indy 500 winner Dan Wheldon and brings the IndyCar race in Las Vegas to a halt. Photo courtesy The Las Vegas Journal-Review.

What was supposed to be a celebration of a successful IndyCar season turned deadly when a chain reaction collision sent 15 cars careening like flaming pinballs across the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Sunday, Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon pronounced dead two hours later from his injuries.

The two-time Indy 500 winner was caught up in a massive pile-up triggered when two cars touched wheels and spun out of control, Wheldon’s car launching into the air and smashing into a catch fence designed to prevent injuries to race spectators.

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Wheldon, who had been struggling to land a ride this past IndyCar season despite his string of victories, had started near the back of the pack but was rapidly working his way up through a field of 15 cars moving at speeds approaching 220 mph – fast enough that several drivers had complained of the potential risks prior to the race.

There was, “Not much room for error” on the 1.5 mile track, said driver Wade Cunningham, who was near the front of the pack when the accident occurred on Lap 11.

“It was like a movie scene which they try to make as gnarly as possible,” said Danica Patrick, who was in her last race in the IndyCar series.

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“Shelby” Opens Las Vegas Speed Shop

Brand extension of the name of a legendary racer.

by on Aug.27, 2010

"We can install headers, cams, heads, cold air intakes, superchargers..."

Shelby American Inc. has opened a new Speed Shop in Las Vegas, Nevada. Dubbed the Shelby American Motorsports Speed Shop, the facility is on the grounds of Shelby American headquarters and Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

In a statement, the company said the shop was designed to enhance the performance and styling of a street or track car by upgrading engine, suspension and body styling components.

“While we specialize in all American high performance cars, our experienced team can tune and work on just about everything,” said John Luft, president of Shelby.

Notably absent from the promotional piece was any quote from Carroll Shelby, who after a long and distinguished career has licensed his name to a variety of businesses including Shelby American (www.shelbyamerican.com),which manufactures and markets performance vehicles and related products under his name.

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