UPDATE: 6:02 pm EST
At 6:00 pm EST, IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard confirmed Wheldon died from injuries he sustained from the crash. Wheldon, 33, leaves behind his wife Susie and kids Sebastian, 2, and Oliver, 7 months.
The race will not continue, and the drivers will do a 5-lap parade in his honor.
Just 11 laps into the last IndyCar race of the season, pure chaos hit. At the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, 15 cars were involved in the wild crash. Dan Wheldon was the most affected after he went airborne, hit the wall and caught fire. His status is believed to be serious but no further word.
IndyCar officials confirmed that Dan Wheldon was taken by helicopter to the local hospital. Wheldon won the 2011 Indianapolis 500. Will Power was airlifted to the hospital as well, minutes later. Pippa Mann and JR Hildebrand were each taken by ground to the hospital for further observation.
Dario Franchitti’s wife Ashley Judd provided this update via twitter: “Thanks everyone for prayers. No update on Dan yet except unconscious but vitals are good. Everyone here very scared. Pray for medical team.”
And here is video from the 5-lap driver salute to Wheldon. Very emotional and very tough to watch: