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City honors Dan Wheldon with trackside Memorial

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - The city of St. Petersburg honored Dan Wheldon on Thursday with a monument to the late driver on the street circuit of his adopted hometown.

The monument at Turn 10 includes bricks from Indianapolis Motor Speedway, stones from his native England and the handprints of his wife and two sons. It's located near the sign marking "Dan Wheldon Way" that was dedicated last year.

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The two-time Indianapolis 500 winner was killed in the 2011 season finale at Las Vegas.

All of the current IndyCar drivers were on hand for Thursday's unveiling, as was Wheldon's widow, Susie, and their sons.

She said the support the family has received from the St. Petersburg community since Wheldon's death has been tremendous.

Susie Wheldon will wave the green flag for Sunday's season-opening race.

Susie, Sebastian, and Oliver made their handprints in the cement on Wednesday, when the track was still closed.  She said it made for a special, personal moment for her family.

It's something (the handprints) that allows us to be part of the monument," Susie Wheldon told 10 News.  "And it's very personal to us... My boys don't fully understand everything, they're still quite young... But as they get older, it'll be nice to come down here and look at from time to time... And know that we were here, and to celebrate their Dad."

Race fans can see the Memorial this weekend, and the public can have access next week, after the race.



Associated Press

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