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Indy 500: JR Hildebrand Crashes in Final Turn, Dan Wheldon Comes Back to Win

How quickly sports can turn a competitor’s day from pure ecstasy to absolute agony—and of course, the same 180-degree change can result in another’s day going from agony to ecstasy. Such was the case for JR Hildebrand and Dan Wheldon at Sunday’s 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Leading the race in his first-ever Indy 500 on the final turn of the final lap, Hildebrand crashed into the wall with seconds to go, allowing Wheldon to come from behind and steal the victory. It was Wheldon’s second career Indy 500 win, the first having come in 2005. Ironically, this was Wheldon’s first race of the season after no one signed him to their team prior to the season. He was dri...

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