V8 Supercars – Toll HRT Statement On Dan Wheldon

October 17, 2011

V8 Supercars

The Toll Holden Racing Team would like to offer its sincerest condolences to the family and friends of two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon who tragically lost his life while racing in Las Vegas this morning (Australian time).

 

Wheldon was to have driven for the Toll Holden Racing Team alongside long-time friend James Courtney at this week’s Armor All Gold Coast 600 in Surfers Paradise.

 

Team Principal Ryan Walkinshaw said today was a day of great sadness.

 

“I considered it a huge honour to spend time with Dan earlier this year at the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis when we met to finalise our agreement for him to join our team for the Gold Coast,” Walkinshaw said.

 

“What grabbed my attention most was Dan’s character, he was an incredible person with a huge passion for life and love for his family.
“It is a very sad day for the Toll Holden Racing Team but, more importantly, it is one of true sadness for Dan’s family. To them we offer our sincerest condolences.”

 

V8 Supercar Champion James Courtney said his thoughts were with Dan’s family.

 

“I first met Dan when I moved to Europe in karting in the mid-90s, we knew each other a long time and considered ourselves friends,” Courtney said.

 

“Today is difficult for those of us who have lost a mate but most of all, as a father of a young family, I am struggling with knowing Dan’s wife Susie is now without her partner and their children, Sebastian and Oliver, will grow up without their father. It’s Dan’s family, all of his family, who I truly feel sorry for.”

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