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Indy 500 2012: Two-Time Champ Dan Wheldon to Be Honored

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 29:  Dan Wheldon of England, driver of the #98 William Rast-Curb/Big Machine Dallara Honda, celebrates in victory circle after winning the IZOD IndyCar Series Indianapolis 500 Mile Race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 29, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
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Jeff ChaseSenior Analyst IIMay 24, 2012

A tragic event will be remembered this weekend at the Indy 500, but the life of late champion Dan Wheldon will be cherished in a remarkable way.

After winning the 2011 Indy 500, Wheldon fell victim to a 15-car pileup at last year's Indy car finale in Las Vegas that unfortunately took his life.

Now, as the circuit returns to one of the biggest races of the year, the two-time champion will be in honored in a great way.

According to the Associated Press, Wheldon will be honored in multiple ways this weekend. First, all tickets will feature a picture of the late star celebrating in victory lane. They will also have his car on display, as well as giving out his trademark white sunglasses for all fans to wear during certain parts of the race.

Fans entering the track on Sunday will be given a pair of white sunglasses, Dan's preference, to wear during tributes on the parade lap, lap 26 and lap 98, which recognize the numbers of his winning cars.

The sunglasses is a great way to honor him, as well as giving those fans who attend the race something nice to always remember Wheldon. 

One could imagine how hard it must have been to figure out the best way to honor Wheldon, but it is great to see it done in such fashion as this.

As the AP also states, Wheldon's wife and two sons will be in attendance this weekend to honor her late husband, but she wasn't sure if she would attend the race.

One can only imagine how hard this will be for her, but at least she will be surrounded by those who loved to watch her husband race.

It will be tough for fellow racers, too. According to Indystar.com's Curt Cavin, fellow racers like Dario Fanchitti feels like he will still be seeing his friend at the raceway this weekend.

Dario Franchitti still expects to see playful Dan Wheldon making his way through the driver motor coach lot at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

It would be hard to imagine fans not getting emotional this weekend, but at least they will be able to honor someone who was such a great part of the sport in a way that they will always remember him.

Wheldon may not be racing this Sunday, but you can bet fans will have him in their hearts.

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