Dan Wheldon: Honoring Indy 500 Legend Heading Into Today's Race

Nicholas GossCorrespondent IMay 27, 2012

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Dan Wheldon of England, driver of the #98 William Rast-Curb/Big Machine Dallara Honda gestures to photographers during the 95th Indianapolis 500 Mile Race Trophy Presentation at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 30, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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IndyCar has done a phenomenal job remembering and honoring the late Dan Wheldon at Sunday's Indianapolis 500, a race that the Englishman won twice in his career, including last year.

Let's look at how the racing world will honor Weldon at Indianapolis.

ABC and ESPN ran a brilliant piece on Wheldon's life and career during their coverage of the Indy 500 on Sunday. Video found on ESPN's Youtube page.

Fans at Indianapolis Motor Speedway were given these white glasses to wear on laps 26 and 98 during the race, according to Adam Hay-Nicholls. Picture of the glasses courtesy Derek Schultz of 1260 WNDE.

Dan Wheldon tribute glasses being handed out at the entrance gate. twitter.com/Schultz1260/st…

— Derek Schultz (@Schultz1260) May 27, 2012

Several drivers also wore the white glasses, according to Vince Welch of ESPN.

At public driver mtg TK, Dario, Dixon all sporting white shades n honor of friend Dan Wheldon. #indy500 twitter.com/vincewelch/sta…

— Vince Welch (@vincewelch) May 26, 2012

Country music star Martina McBride sang the national anthem at today's race wearing Dan Wheldon's winning ring, according to SpeedFreaks.tv.

I'm sure it's already been tweeted, but Martina McBride will wear @DanWheldon winning ring when she sings anthem today #Indy500

— Crash Gladys (@CrashGladys) May 27, 2012

IndyCar driver Bryan Herta was featured in a recent SpeedTV.com piece remembering Dan Wheldon, where he talked about Wheldon's competitiveness and love for the sport.

He was a beast. He loved this place before he got here. The fact that he loved racing here so much, and he was so good at it, that was tough; that was a lot of competition to deal with. Because when you showed up at this place, Dan showed up to win every year. He showed up to win every practice session. He wanted to be fast every day. It wasn't even just about the race. He wanted to be fast every day that his car was on track at this place. Like I said, how do you deal with that?

IndyCar and the drivers deserve a lot of credit for their strong effort to remember and honor Wheldon at Sunday's Indy 500. ABC's video also did a wonderful job explaining what a great driver and person the Englishman was. He certainly had a positive impact on so many people.

Wheldon's work ethic, dedication, love for the sport and respect for his fellow drivers set an example that IndyCar drivers will follow for many years to come. His contribution to motorsports and the friendships he made with the drivers will help ensure that Wheldon's memory will not be forgotten.