Wheldon's death casts pall over sport

Updated: October 17, 2011, 9:43 AM ET
By Terry Blount | ESPN.com

LAS VEGAS -- Every race car driver starts every event knowing that the worst moment is possible. And every driver hopes never to see it.

That hope was lost again Sunday.

In a single breath, a much-anticipated IndyCar Series season finale became an unimaginable snapshot of carnage, tragedy and sadness.

Dan Wheldon, the 2011 Indianapolis 500 winner and one of the most popular drivers in open-wheel racing, lost his life at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in a horrific, ...

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