iRacing Virtual Drivers Honor the Memory of Dan Wheldon With Five Parade Laps

on October 19, 2011 1:45 PM

If you follow the world of real world Motorsport you probably know that the IndyCar Racing Driver Dan Wheldon passed away last week end (on the 16th) at the age of 33, due to the injuries suffered during a disastrous collision at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Dan was an extremely skilled driver, a true winner on the track, a husband and a father of two.

After his tragic death the Las Vegas race was abandoned, and the other drivers saluted their departed friend and rival with five parade laps around the circuit.

If you follow the world of virtual Motorsport, you probably also know that the iRacing community has always been very close knit with the world of real racing, with several professional drivers that use the simulator to train and learn the tracks, and race alongside gamers in several leagues.

Part of the iRacing community decided to honor the memory of Wheldon just like their real world colleagues did, driving five parade laps on the virtual reproduction of the circuit, in a heartfelt, moving memorial.

You can see the movie of the event past the cut, and join us in giving our most heartfelt condolences to Dan’s family and friends. 

 

 /  Executive News Editor
Hailing from sunny (not as much as people think) Italy and long standing gamer since the age of Mattel Intellivision and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Definitely a multi-platform gamer, he still holds the old dear PC nearest to his heart, while not disregarding any console on the market. RPGs (of any nationality) and MMORPGs are his daily bread, but he enjoys almost every other genre, prominently racing simulators, action and sandbox games. He is also one of the few surviving fans of the flight simulator genre on Earth.