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Wheldon Remembered As Loving, Loyal And Tidy

A sticker in memory of Dan Wheldon, who was killed in a crash on October 16, 2011 during the IZOD IndyCar series finale at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, is seen on the helmet of Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 MyLowe's Chevrolet, during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Good Sam Club 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on October 21, 2011 in Talladega, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images for NASCAR)

 

Dan Wheldon is being remembered not only as a champion driver but as a devoted husband, caring father, loyal friend, beloved son — and a neat freak.

Family members, friends, fellow drivers and hundreds of supporters said goodbye to Wheldon during a memorial service Saturday that included heart-wrenching letters by his wife and little sister, a story-filled eulogy by the best man at his wedding and two gripping songs by Wynonna Judd.

There were several references to Wheldon’s love of keeping everything tidy.

The two-time Indianapolis 500 winner was one of the sport’s most popular drivers. He died last Sunday in IndyCar’s season finale at Las Vegas. He was buried in a private funeral service following Saturday’s public memorial at the First Presbyterian Church of St. Petersburg.

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