New IndyCar chassis to bear Wheldon name

Updated: 18 October 2011 23:42 IST

IndyCar's new 2012 chassis will bear the name of the late Dan Wheldon, the British driver killed in a crash on Sunday and who had been testing the car, its manufacturer said.

New IndyCar chassis to bear Wheldon name
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Las Vegas, Nevada:

IndyCar's new 2012 chassis will bear the name of the late Dan Wheldon, the British driver killed in a crash on Sunday and who had been testing the car, its manufacturer said.

Gianpaolo Dallara, whose Italian firm makes the chassis used in the US-based open wheel series, announced in a statement on Tuesday posted on Indycar's website that the car would be dedicated to Wheldon.

"Dan lives in the memory of everybody at Dallara," said Dallara. "He has been a true champion, not only because of his many victories but above everything else because he has been a true and warm man to all the people he encountered.

"We will honour his memory for the years to come by dedicating the Dallara IndyCar 2012 in his name. He deserves that."

Flags flew at half-mast over the firm's Parma headquarters.

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