Worthing company pays tribute to Indy car racer Dan Wheldon

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A WORTHING major speaker manufacturer which sponsored IndyCar racer Dan Wheldon, who died in an accident at the weekend, has paid tribute to the driver.

Bowers & Wilkins, known as B&W, which has its UK headquarters in Meadow Road, Worthing, and also operates a site in Steyning, sponsored the 33-year-old British driver’s Honda car.

Driving at more than 200mph, he became caught up in an horrific on-track collision involving 15 vehicles during the IndyCar series finale in Las Vegas, on Sunday.

In a statement on the company’s website, B&W owner Joe Atkins said: “The thoughts and prayers of everyone at Bowers & Wilkins are with Dan Wheldon’s family.

“We were very proud to support Dan, a tremendous young man and true professional, and are deeply saddened by this tragic loss.”

Dan, who became the only driver since Graham Hill in the 1960s to claim an IndyCar series, in 2005, had been racing for $5million prize.

Starting at the back of the grid, he had made up 10 places during the opening few laps of the race when the accident happened. He was taken to hospital but was pronounced dead within two hours.

The experienced driver had gained high placings in the IndyCar championships in successive years including a win at the Indy 500 this May.

Stars from the motor racing world have also moved to pay tribute to him including Lewis Hamilton, who said that he had been a personal inspiration.

With drivers regularly attaining some of the fastest speeds in motor sports, his death has triggered calls for speed limits to be introduced on the narrow Indy tracks.