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Dan Wheldon Crash Video: Onboard Camera Shows Driver's Viewpoint Before Impact

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IOctober 18, 2011

LAS VEGAS - OCTOBER 16:  The car of Dan Wheldon of England driver of the #77 Bowers & Wilkins Sam Schmidt Motorsports Dallara Honda (left) and the #30 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Dallara Honda of Pippa Mann fly in the air during the Las Vegas Indy 300 part of the IZOD IndyCar World Championships presented by Honda on October 16, 2011 at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)
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Two-time Indy 500 winner Dan Wheldon's death sent shockwaves throughout the racing world on Sunday after he was involved in a 15-car wreck at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

But the fact that ABC showed Wheldon's viewpoint via an onboard camera right before the crash was downright eerie.

As Wheldon was trying to catch up to the field on the 11th lap on Sunday, commentators talked about his position, showing his frame of reference inside No. 77.

Ironically enough, one of the commentators said right before Wheldon's crash, "Right now, the position he's in, he actually has a small advantage."

That's when onlookers saw multiple cars crash and flame up in front of Wheldon—from his own point of view.

Fortunately, cameras cut to a broad view right before Wheldon's No. 77 lifted off Paul Tracy's car and flew from the inside track into the outside catch wall, bursting into flames upon impact and skidding back across the pavement.

But the numerous camera angles before and during Wheldon's crash and consequent death will probably haunt a lot of people for a long time.

Wheldon was beloved in the race car industry, for both his warm personality and presence on the track. He may very well have been the most well-known driver to have died on the track since Dale Earnhardt in 2001.

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There's been an outpouring of support for Wheldon's friends and family throughout the nation since the 33-year-old's untimely death, with multiple drivers and fans sending their condolences.

There have already been calls to halt racing on oval tracks, which had received criticism for producing bunched-up races even before Wheldon's death.

For many, the last thing Wheldon saw before the crash will be etched in their memories for a long time.

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