Wheldon was killed Oct. The blow created a "non-survivable injury. The IndyCar, with open wheels and an open cockpit, is not suited for the pack racing that develops on ovals. Drivers, however, predicted as early as preseason testing that Las Vegas would be hairy and repeated those warnings during the buildup to the race. The schedule has yet to be released, although Bernard hoped to have it out by Friday.
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The year-old Wheldon was pronounced dead at p. Sunday at University Medical Center in Las Vegas, where he was flown by medical helicopter after the crash at the track about 12 miles away.
After an autopsy, Murphy ruled the death an accident, the result of blunt trauma to the head due to motor vehicle collision, and offered condolences to friends and family of the married father of two from England. Three other drivers were injured in the fiery Lap 11 crash, none seriously. Pippa Mann, 28, had surgery on a burned right pinkie finger and was released Monday, as was year-old JR Hildebrand, who had a bruised sternum.
Will Power, 30, was evaluated and released Sunday. Wheldon was airlifted from the Las Vegas track at p. The challenge was in getting the most out of himself and out of the car. It was not about the danger, it was about the possibilities of what could be accomplished.
Although there were no takers, Bernard refused to scrap the idea and Wheldon was declared eligible for the prize. Drivers had been concerned about the high speeds at the track, where they were hitting nearly mph during practice.
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