News From Terre Haute, Indiana

October 17, 2011

Wheldon fans leave tributes at Indianapolis track


Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS — Dozens of fans have left flowers, candles and notes at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway gates in memory of two-time Indy 500 champion Dan Wheldon.

The makeshift memorial began taking shape within hours after Wheldon was killed Sunday in a massive crash during an IndyCar race in Las Vegas.

Fans continued stopping by the Indianapolis track early today, including one that WISH-TV reports left a bottle of milk — the traditional drink by Indy 500 winners that Wheldon dumped over his head after winning the race in May.

Fan Beckie Jeffrey tells WTHR-TV that Wheldon was a friendly driver who made time to talk with fans, especially children.