On the second anniversary of Dan Wheldon's death, AUTOSPORT revisits our December 2011 collection of tributes to the IndyCar star...
Daniel Clive Wheldon was born on June 22, 1978 in Emberton, Buckinghamshire.
Between then and his untimely death, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on October 16, 2011, he won the Indianapolis 500 twice (2005 and '11), the 2006 Daytona 24 Hours, the 2005 IndyCar Series, the 1999 US FF2000 Championship, and was a race winner in Indy Lights, Toyota Atlantic, British Formula Ford and Formula Vauxhall Junior - and was Cadet kart champion three times consecutively, a feat that has never been matched.
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Edd Straw is Editor-in-Chief of Autosport, overseeing both print and digital versions of the brand. Edd has worked for Autosport since joining as a junior reporter in 2002. He became Editor in November 2014, having previously worked as National Editor, News Editor and Grand Prix Editor.
Originally from Guernsey in the Channel Islands, he joined Autosport shortly after graduating from university. He went on to cover a wide range of categories from club motorsport to the World Touring Car Championship and Le Mans to Formula 3 before switching to F1 full-time at the 2008 French Grand Prix. He continues to cover a range of international events in his position as Editor-in-Chief.
In his spare time, he was formerly a club racer whose abilities did not match his enthusiasm in a variety of categories.