Dan Wheldon's family has paid tribute to the former IndyCar champion, calling him "a gentleman on and off the track" and "a true champion."
Wheldon, the 2005 champion and two-time Indianapolis 500 winner, died on Sunday from injuries sustained in a 15-car pile-up at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. He was 33.
His father Clive said: "The family would like to thank everyone for their overwhelming outpouring of sympathy. Daniel was born to be a racer and yesterday left us doing what he loved to do.
"He was a true champion and a gentleman on and off the track."
"He was a proud brother to Austen, Ashley, Elliott and Holly. "He was a devoted son to Sue and myself and a loving husband to his wife."
A statement was also issued on the family's behalf, in which members asked to be allowed to deal with his death in private.
The statement read: "They thank everyone for their condolences and messages of sympathy and support at this very sad time.
"They will make a further statement in due course but in the meantime have asked that they be allowed to grieve in private."