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Indy 500 Winner Dan Wheldon Takes Advantage Of J.R. Hildebrand Crash

Dan Wheldon won the 2011 Indianapolis 500 thanks to a shocking crash by J.R. Hildebrand. Hildebrand ended up finishing second after having a victory all but assured. Hildebrand slammed into the wall while making his way through straggling traffic, with Wheldon cruising his way to a shocking Indianapolis Motor Speedway victory.

Hildebrand took the lead from Bertrand Baguette with about a lap to go, having become the new second-place racer after Danica Patrick turned over the lead to Baguette. Hilebrand made a run at Baguette with just a couple laps to go and overtaking the front position at the white flag.

After climbing into the top 10 late in the race, Patrick led for a moment at the Indy 500. Baguette trailed her for a moment before making his move, with Patrick dipping to pit row shortly after. Her team had opted for an aggressive fuel strategy, cutting it close.

For more on the race, stay with our 2011 Indy 500 StoryStream. Be sure to head over to Pop Off Valve for all things IndyCar, including the three excellent Indy 500 resources: The Indy 500 experienceIndy 500 traditions and the history of the Indy 500 and the Brickyard.