Dallara dedicates 2012 chassis in Wheldon's honor

October 21, 2011 - 3:32 AM
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FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2011, file photo, Dan Wheldon talks about the 2012 IndyCar vehicle, at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011. Wheldon died Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011 in a fiery 15-car wreck during the Las Vegas Indy 300. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — IndyCar's new Dallara chassis will be named in honor of two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon.

Wheldon, who was killed Sunday in a fiery, 15-car pileup at the season-ending race in Las Vegas, conducted most of the testing on the new 2012 IndyCar.

"Dan lives in the memory of everybody at Dallara," company president and founder Gianpaolo Dallara said in a statement Tuesday. "We will honor his memory for the years to come by dedicating the Dallara IndyCar2012 in his name. He deserves that."

Flags at the company's Italian headquarters were lowered to half staff Monday.

IndyCar vice president of technology Will Phillips, who oversaw the testing program, said Wheldon did everything he could to make the car safer and stronger and that his assistance will be "sorely missed."

IndyCar is investigating the fatal crash.

Formula One's governing body (FIA) and the Automobile Competition Committee of the United States, an umbrella organization of auto racing sanctioning bodies in the United States, will assist in the inquiry.

Preliminary findings were expected within several weeks.