Funeral services for Dan Wheldon, the IndyCar racer who died Sunday after a horrific 15-car crash, will be held Saturday in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Wheldon, a two-time Indianapolis 500 champion, was killed at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway after a 15-car crash injured others in the race. Wheldon's cause of death was determined to be blunt head trauma.
On Thursday, IndyCar officials announced the funeral arrangements of Wheldon, 33, as well as a statement from Wheldon's widow, Susie. The funeral will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church in St. Petersburg.
Though we won't be able to fit everyone inside, I know that Dan would have wanted the community to share in the celebration of his life and to grieve his passing, Susie Wheldon said in the statement.
Susie Wheldon also thanked fans for their words of support and condolence since her husband Dan's death on Sunday, which she said has been unbearable for his family. Wheldon also left behind two sons in addition to his wife Susie: two-year-old Sebastian and seven-month-old Oliver.
According to The Associated Press, impromptu memorial sites have sprung up this week, giving fans a chance to give notes of condolence and items like teddy bears and checkered flags.
NASCAR drivers will pay respect to Wheldon this weekend with a special decal in the series race in Talladega, Ala. IndyCar officials are holding a public memorial service Sunday at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, which opens to the public at 2:30 p.m. The memorial is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.
Although the last few days have been unbearable for our family, the overwhelming love and support we have received are rays of sunshine during these dark days, Susie Wheldon said. The outpouring of sympathy and condolences has been so comforting, and I want to thank everyone for their kind notes, letters, gifts and flowers.