Fans and competitors in the motorsports community are still reeling from the loss of Dan Wheldon in Las Vegas last weekend. The young driver's passing continues to be felt by anyone who has even the thinnest tether to racing, and NASCAR has announced that the organization will honor Wheldon in its own way during upcoming events at Talladega.
Organizers will provide unique Lionheart Knight decals for the B pillars of all trucks and cars competing during races at Talladega this weekend. Wheldon famously adorned each of his helmets with the image.

While some competitors are planning to honor Wheldon in their own ways, NASCAR is also providing Lionheart Knight helmet decals at inspection for those who wish to wear them. Click past the jump for the full press release.
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NASCAR will provide teams with a B-post decal in honor of Dan Wheldon for all the cars and trucks this weekend in Talladega. A rendering of the decal is attached.

As many of you know, the Lionheart Knight image is one that was included on the back of every one of Dan's helmets. NASCAR also is producing helmet decals for any of the drivers who would like to run a version of the decal on their helmets. The decals will be delivered trackside on Friday. As always, the decals will be provided to the teams during the inspection process throughout the course of the weekend. Additionally, some of the drivers also have their own personal plans to recognize Dan this weekend.

As part of the NASCAR Pre Race run of show, we will include a moment of silence in Dan's honor prior to the invocations Saturday and Sunday.


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      MotorworldHype
      • 3 Years Ago
      Jesus Christ Autoblog hire a moderator for the comments please.
      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is ridiculous. I actually have watched Indy and CART in the past, and have NO idea who this guy is. I imagine that the rest of the country that has never even watched an open wheel race has even less of an idea who he is. Yeah, he had two small kids that are left without a dad, that story happens every single day and doesn't get the media coverage. A foreigner dying in a race that the VAST majority of Americans have never even watched shouldn't be outside of the sports section, much less on every web site and front page in the country. Sorry to all other drivers who are more well known and actually accomplished something that got killed and didn't get absurd coverage of their death.
        Tom Winch
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MONTEGOD7SS
        "Sorry to all other drivers who are more well known and actually accomplished something that got killed and didn't get absurd coverage of their death." Dude, your ignorance is showing. If you had even an inkling of a passing interest in racing you'd know who Dan Wheldon is. 2004 Indycar rookie of the year, 2005 Indycar Champion, two time Indy 500 winner, also part time commentator on Versus and was testing the new Dallara chassis that will be in use starting next year. Dallara is now naming the chassis after him. He was the $5 million challenger in the race where he was killed and was in every major motorsports magazine this month for that reason along with his Indy win this year. As for your comment about him being a foreigner, yes he is originally from the UK, but had adopted the US as his home and had lived in St. Petersburg, FL for years. His wife is from NC. What an ass you are!
        gtv4rudy
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MONTEGOD7SS
        Why are you such a homer for gods sake? You know there are many other talented race drivers in this world !
      Dwight Bynum Jr.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not trying to disrespect the man in any way, but it seems like he's getting far more press / recognition in death than he ever did in life, even with two Indy 500 wins. But then again, I live in St. Petersburg, so the local coverage is probably a bit more than most places...
        Andre Neves
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dwight Bynum Jr.
        BTW, downvote me if you folks like, but to add to what Dwight said... Indy/Nascar right now is hurting for rating/spectators and that's a fact. They are also masters in marketing. See a connection here? They are desperate for ANY publicity at this point and using someone's death for it isn't too far-fetched in this day in age.
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Andre Neves
          It was a death in motorsports. A HUGE loss to the motorsports community. There's even been comments from fellow British racers, Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button. Hell, there were even non-motorsports athletes commenting on it from Hope Solo all the way to another fellow Englishman by the name of David Beckham. Stop being a cynic and thinking people are using this to market their sport.
          Andre Neves
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Andre Neves
          Elmo, Not being a cynic. I'm just not as naive as you are.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dwight Bynum Jr.
        Wheldon was a St. Pete resident, wasn't he?
      Jay
      • 3 Years Ago
      For an "official" sticker that thing is really tacky looking.
      budwsr25
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wonder if the sticker will be for sale as part of a fundraiser?
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @budwsr25
        Fundraiser for what? The family? Yeah, they don't need charity. They're pretty well off. Dan Wheldon wasn't just some bottom rung driver. Plus, if she ever runs out of money, you know that other drivers are going to do anything to help.
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