Wheldon’s widow accepts BorgWarner trophy



DETROIT (AP) — The late Dan Wheldon has been honored by BorgWarner for his win in last year’s Indianapolis 500.

The two-time Indy 500 winner was killed in a 15-car accident early in the Oct. 16 IndyCar season finale at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

His widow, Susie, accepted the BorgWarner Championship Drivers’ Trophy on Wheldon’s behalf in a ceremony Wednesday night in Detroit.

Susie Wheldon made her first public appearance since the memorial service for Wheldon. In prepared remarks, she said Wheldon was passionate about the Indy 500 and his joy from his second win in the race was evident to anyone who saw him after he crossed the finish line.

Wheldon passed leader JR Hildebrand after Hildebrand crashed in the final turn. Wheldon’s other Indy 500 victory was in 2005.