Some two hours after a 15-car crash at Las Vegas Motor Speedway during the final IndyCar race of the year, CEO Randy Bernard announced his passing at a brief press conference. It was the worst-case scenario in racing, and a nightmare for all those involved, the thousands in attendance and the many watching at home. The images of the crash were jarring, made worse by the outcome of the wreck and Wheldon's passing.
A short time after Wheldon's death was announced, the remaining drivers chose to take to the track for five more laps in his honor. The race was already called -- a joint decision by the governing body and drivers -- but amid an eerie silence Wheldon's friends and fellow drivers paid tribute.
Here is the full wrap-up video from the race, provided by IndyCar. It includes the announcement of Wheldon's passing, the tribute laps and comments from many drivers.