Dan Wheldon: What We Can Learn from the Drivers Tragic Death

James Evens@JamesEvensCorrespondent IOctober 17, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 30:  Dan Wheldon of England, driver of the #98 William Rast-Curb/Big Machine Dallara Honda poses with his wife Susie and his new born Oliver and son Sebastian and the Borg Warner Trophy on the day after winning the IZOD IndyCar Series Indianapolis 500 Mile Race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 30, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)
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Today the IndyCar Series lost a true hero, Dan Wheldon, in a horrific multi-car accident at Las Vegas Motorspeedway.

In what was supposed to be a day of celebration for the end of the season and a day of excitement for Wheldon, as he raced for $5 million dollars, turned into a tragedy for everyone in the sports community as they lost as a terrific racer, man and father. 

Wheldon had a great career in the IndyCar series. Born in England, he got his start carting like most IndyCar drivers today.  Wheldon worked his way over the United States and was able to finally get a ride in the IndyCar series. 

Wheldon experienced tremendous success toward the beginning of his career.  He won the series championship in 2005 as well as his first Indy 500.  

Wheldon was quite spectacular at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  In nine starts, Wheldon recorded six top fives, two second place finishes as well as two victories in 2005 and 2011.

It's such a tragedy that a driver who gave the whole series hope with his win at the 500 for Bryan Herta Racing, would have to have it all end in such a tragic fashion, but there is honor the way Wheldon died.

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Dan Wheldon should be a role model to us all.

Although it is a tragedy, he died doing what he lived for, he died doing something he was truly passionate about, and died doing something he loved.

We may never know when our time is up, but if you live life to your fullest, it will be a life worth while when it's your time to go.

If you take anything from Dan Wheldon, take this. 

Live life to its fullest and do what you love.  Be a great person and be passionate about what you do and never give up.

Wheldon's legacy will live on forever, he is survived by his wife Susie and his two young sons Sebastian and Oliver.

Here's is a glass of milk to you Dan!

James Evens serves as a National Featured Columnist for college football and basketball as well as the FC for the Purdue Boilermakers.  Follow him on Twitter or like him on Facebook.


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