Street in St. Petersburg named for Dan Wheldon

By Jenna Fryer

Associated Press

Published: Wednesday, March 7 2012 3:36 p.m. MST

Susie Wheldon, widow of IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon, front row left, holds her son Sebastian as she sits with Bill Foster, Mayor of St. Petersburg, front row right, and several drivers Wednesday March 7, 2012, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Dan Wheldon was killed Oct. 16, 2011 in a crash in Las Vegas. The 2012 IndyCar season kicks off March 25 with the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg auto race.

Chris O'Meara, Associated Press

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The late Dan Wheldon was honored Wednesday in his adopted hometown with a street named after him along the St. Petersburg race course.

The corner of Bayshore Drive and Albert Whitted Park is now known as Dan Wheldon Way. It's in Turn 10 on the course, and is the place where Wheldon passed Ryan Briscoe in 2005 to win the inaugural Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

Wheldon later jumped into the Tampa Bay to celebrate the victory. The two-time Indianapolis 500 winner was killed in an accident in last October's season finale.

His wife, Susie, helped unveil the new street sign in a ceremony during IndyCar's annual media day. She was hugged by nearly every active driver when she arrived at the event.

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