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IndyCar fans, officials mourn Dan Wheldon, search for answers

IndyCar officials have not yet addressed safety concerns about the motor sport, preferring to focus on mourning Dan Wheldon, as condolences continue to pour in from around the globe.

IndyCar fans and team members watch as drivers take five tribute laps in honor of Dan Wheldon, a two-time Indianapolis 500 winner died following a crash in the IndyCar Series' Las Vegas Indy 300 auto race earlier Sunday in Las Vegas.

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The motor racing world was left reeling on Monday from the death of two-times Indianapolis 500 champion Dan Wheldon while the search for answers into what triggered the horrific crash began.

Wheldon's death in the IndyCar finale at Las Vegas Speedway on Sunday left fans stunned and plunged series officials into crisis management mode as the season-ending celebration turned to disaster.

In the immediate aftermath of the tragedy, the finger pointing had already begun as drivers questioned the wisdom of running the race on a lightning quick, high-banked 1-1/2 mile oval that had not staged an IndyCar event for 11 years.

Others expressed concern over the decision to run a large 34-car field sprinkled with part-time drivers unprepared for the extreme speeds and a 200 lap wheel-to-wheel dogfight.

Shaken IndyCar officials had no immediate response to the concerns, instead keeping the focus on Wheldon as condolences continued to pour in from around the sporting world.

The shock of the Briton's death has cut across all sporting boundaries and generations as past driving greats and casual fans mourned the 33-year-old father of two.

English soccer great Wayne Rooney and LeBron James of the National Basketball Association were among those to express their grief via Twitter as did Formula One champions Lewis Hamilton and Emerson Fittipaldi.


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