Dan Wheldon Crash: BBC's Wheldon Obituary Honors Legendary English Racer

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterOctober 18, 2011

LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 13:  Dan Wheldon, driver of the #77 Dallara Honda, is introduced during an event on the Las Vegas Boulevard Strip as a preview to the IndyCar World Series Championship on October 13, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Wheldon died of injuries in a massive fifteen car crash during the Las Vegas Indy 300 part of the IZOD IndyCar World Championships presented by Honda at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on October 16, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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The world was rocked by the sudden passing of IndyCar legend Dan Wheldon on Sunday. Wheldon has now been honored in a BBC obituary as his countrymen say farewell to a racing maestro. 

Even those not closely tied with the IndyCar world knew that a tragedy had occurred from the extensive coverage that came from Las Vegas this weekend. 

After the dust had settled, we were hit with news that Wheldon had succumbed to extensive injuries following a pileup after only a few laps. 

Wheldon was a brilliant driver that was beloved by all that knew him. The sentiment that he was a far better man than a racer says a great deal considering how marvelous he was in the cockpit of his Indy Car. 

That is specifically the notion you get reading the succinct but powerful obituary posted by the BBC. If you wanted just the names and places behind the man, the start gives the gist of his life. 

Born in Buckinghamshire, he made his name in the United States, becoming the first Englishman to win the Indianapolis 500 since Graham Hill in 1966 when, in 2005, he triumphed in the sport's biggest race. He then repeated the feat in 2011.

But the meat is where you find where the real loss has been. Travel beyond his IndyCar wins and racing marvels and you will find the world lost something far superior. 

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We find that Wheldon took to karting at the age of four. From the start he was hooked on the wind racing through his hair and the highs that racing brought. All the while he stayed grounded, and was liked by everyone around him. 

His own words state what was plain to see in his passion for the sport. 

Racing is what I love. It's my job to race and I love my job. It can be pretty vicious at times, but there are a lot of highs, too.

It was those highs that kept Wheldon coming back despite the perils his sport contains. The man loved what he did, and he was good at it. 

A country mourns the loss of great Englishman. We could all be so hopeful to live a life that warrants such attention upon our passing. It goes to show how many lives Wheldon touched.

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