Our favorite Dan Wheldon photos

Published On June 22, 2016 » 5971 Views» By John Schwarb » Blogs, IMS, IMS History, Indy 500

Dan Wheldon, the Indianapolis 500 champion of 2005 and 2011, would have been 38 years old today. The Englishman arrived in IndyCar in 2002 as a relative unknown but would become one of the top drivers of his generation, with 16 wins in 11 years. It’s been nearly five years since he died, but Wheldon remains a fan favorite and his spirit lives on today.

Here’s a few of our favorite Wheldon photos from over the years. Thanks again for the memories, Dan.

During his first Month of May, in 2003.

During his first Month of May, in 2003.

An unforgettable shot from the 2004 IndyCar championship celebration -- yes, that's Dan, Arie Luyendyk, Tony Kanaan, Bryan Herta and Dario Franchitti.

An unforgettable shot from the 2004 IndyCar championship celebration — yes, that’s Dan, Arie Luyendyk, Tony Kanaan, Bryan Herta and Dario Franchitti.

Drinking the milk for the first time, in 2005.

Drinking the milk for the first time, in 2005.

At Indy in 2009.

At Indy in 2009.

The joy of the second Indy 500 win, in 2011.

The joy of the second Indy 500 win, in 2011.

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The No. 98 won with Wheldon in 2011, then again this year with Alexander Rossi.

 

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MelissaCrispLogan
MelissaCrispLogan

Month of May 2006. My favorite Danny photo! Always in my heart 💛