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11. THE DEATH OF DAN WHELDONOn a criticized
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On a criticized track in the IndyCar season finale, Wheldon, a two-time Indianapolis 500 winner, was killed in a 15-car crash. Racing on Oct. 16 in Las Vegas, Whedon's car flew into a fence before landing back on the track. The death of the 33-year-old prompted questions into the safety of open-wheel racing. Wheldon was the fifth Indy 500 winner to die in the same year.

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