Susie Wheldon, the widow of IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon, has released her first statement following the death of her husband on Sunday.
Here are her comments:
"Although the last few days have been unbearable for our family, the overwhelming love and support we have received are rays of sunshine during these dark days. The outpouring of sympathy and condolences has been so comforting, and I want to thank everyone for their kind notes, letters, gifts and flowers.
"Dan touched the lives of many people, and I would like to invite those citizens in our community who knew and loved my husband to attend his funeral service at the First Presbyterian Church of St. Petersburg on Saturday, October 22, at 10 a.m.
"Though we won't be able to fit everyone inside, I know that Dan would have wanted the community to share in the celebration of his life and to grieve his passing. Thank you again. I am forever grateful for your kindness."
Wheldon, 33, was killed in a horrifying crash during the IndyCar Series season finale in Las Vegas.
The funeral is different than the memorial service being planned for Sunday in Indianapolis. You can see the details of that service here.
If you'd like to send a condolence letter to the family, here's the address:
9600 Koger Blvd N, Ste. 105
St Petersburg, FL 33702