Mostly Credited As: Dan Wheldon
Birth Name: Daniel Clive Wheldon
Date Of Birth: June 22, 1978 (Age 33)
Country Of Birth: United Kingdom
Birth Place: Emberton, England
Date Of Death: October 16, 2011
Cause Of Death: IndyCar racing accident
Born in Emberton, England on June 22, 1978, Daniel Clive Wheldon came to the states in 1999 to pursue a more active racing career. After arriving, Dan started racing in several open-wheel circuits and moved up to racing in IRL events in 2002, where he raced at the Chicagoland Speedway, where he finished 10th, and started 28th in Texas and finished in 15th place, 5 laps down. The next year, Dan started racing for the Andretti Green Racing team and finished in the top 5 five times and in the top 10 nine times and finished the year 11th in points and as Rookie of the Year. In 2004, Dan had a somewhat successful race season, when he won 2 poles and in Japan, he won his first IRL race. He also finished the racing season 2nd in points, 85 points behind teammate Tony Kanaan. To date, 2005 has been Dan's most successful season. At the Indianapolis 500, he became the first Englishman to win the race, despite starting the race in 16th position. He also became the first driver to win a record 6 races in one season and won the series ending championship, joining the ranks of AJ Foyt, Rick Mears, Al Unser, Bobby Unser, Johnnie Rutherford, Louis Meyer, and Wilbur Shaw to win both the Indy 500 and series championship. During the off-season, Dan signed with the Target Chip Ganassi race team. For Dan, the 2006 racing season started off well, with him winning the first race of the season in Homestead, Florida. With the success that he has been having the past racing seasons, Dan looks to continue his success on the track.