Dan Wheldon tests new IndyCar chassis

Next year, every driver in the IndyCar Series will be driving the new Dallara chassis. But one pilot already had a wealth of experience in the new car: the late Dan Wheldon.

The two-time Indy 500 winner, who died Sunday from head injuries sustained in a massive 15-car pileup at the season finale race in Las Vegas, was Dallara's first choice for an experienced driver to perform the development work on its new chassis. So it only seems fitting that the car he helped create, Indy's next-generation car, is named in his honor.

Dallara has yet to reveal exactly how the late champion's name will figure in the car's final designation, but one likely candidate is DW 001. Sounds like a fitting tribute to us, but like most fans, we would have rather seen Wheldon driving the car himself next year than his name on it.