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Wheldon memorial activities revealed

Various means of remembering Dan Wheldon and providing for his family have been announced since Sunday's tragic events at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Dan Wheldon's untimely passing in an accident at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday has not only resulted in an outpouring of emotion from the racing community, but has also fostered several fund-raising initiatives in his memory.

Details of the IndyCar Series' memorial service for the British driver emerged at the same time as information on how to donate to a trust fund being set up for Wheldon's family, while fellow driver Graham Rahal revealed that he is co-ordinating an auction of sporting memorabilia in a further bid to help Susie Wheldon and the couple's two young sons.

IndyCar will hold a public memorial service to celebrate Wheldon's life at Conseco Fieldhouse in downtown Indianapolis on Sunday [23 October], starting at 4pm local time. Meanwhile, the Dan Wheldon Family Trust Fund has been established in order for the public to make contributions to the family's financial security. Donations can be made from today [Wednesday 19 October] via the following address:

Fifth Third Private Bank
Attn: Dan Wheldon Family Trust
251 North Illinois St.
Suite 1000
Indianapolis
IN 46204

More details on how to contribute will be available in the coming days, while Rahal's auction also expects to make further information available once the Chip Ganassi Racing driver had had time to process the exceptional response to his idea. The son of former series champion Bobby Rahal revealed, via Facebook and Twitter, that he had been inundated with offers of memorabilia, both from the motorsport fraternity and other sports, and has promised that there will be lots to suit all pockets.

Rahal hopes to keep interested bidders posted with updates via his Facebook fan site .

A separate memorial site for Wheldon, which includes both a career photo retrospective and a Facebook link for fans to leave condolences and remembrances, has been set up by GoDaddy.com.



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Dan Wheldon at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the 2011 season finale. [Picture credit: Bret Kelley for IndyCar Media]
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Graham Rahal sits in his Honda machine on pit lane during practice for the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Will Power, Josef Newgarden, and Graham Rahal drive their machines across the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, CA (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
James Hinchcliffe, Will Power, Josef Newgarden, Marco Andretti, and Graham Rahal at the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, CA (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Marco Andretti, Josef Newgarden, Will Power, Graham Rahal, and James Hinchcliffe bring their machines across the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, CA (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Ganassi`s Charlie Kimball goes into the fencing during his qualification attempt for the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway. (Photo by: Bret Kelley for IndyCar Media)
Graham Rahal leads a group through the Turn 2 Keyhole turn during the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Graham Rahal and his father, Bobby, celebrate in Victory Circle following their win in the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Podium celebrations for Graham Rahal and Justin Wilson after the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Podium celebrations for Graham Rahal, Justin Wilson and Simon Pagenaud after the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Graham Rahal sprays the champagne in Victory Lane following his victory in the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Graham Rahal wins the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio (Photo by: Bret Kelley for IndyCar Media)
Graham Rahal begins the celebration as he wins the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Conor Daly leads at the 2014 Dan Wheldon Memorial kart event   [pic credit: IndyCar Media/Chris Jones]

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Oli - Unregistered

October 19, 2011 8:27 PM

Dan Wheldon's death was certainly very tragic and I understand a lot of people are feeling a lot of extreme emotion at the moment, but is a trust fund for his family really necessary? Dan was a 2 time Indy 500 winner and an Indycar champ, I shouldn't imagine his wife and children have any financial worries, not to mention any life insurance payout. I don't wish to sound disrespectful to his family, they will the ones to feel his loss most, but their loss will not be financial, it will be personal. A trust fund to help the families of amateur racers who don't earn anything but still face the same risks would make a much bigger difference to the lives of this affected by racing tragedies. Oli



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