On lap 13 of the final race of the IZOD IndyCar Series 2011 season, champion racer Dan Wheldon suffered life threatening injuries. Despite all efforts to come to his aid, Dan did not survive the crash.

"On behalf of New Hampshire Motor Speedway, our hearts go out to Dan's family and friends, the drivers and the entire INDYCAR family on this tragic day," said Jerry Gappens, speedway executive vice president and general manager. “Dan leaves behind the legacy of a true champion.”