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LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Dan Wheldon, who moved to the United States from his native England with hopes of winning the Indianapolis 500 and went on to twice prevail in his sport's most famed race, died Sunday after a massive, fiery wreck in the Las Vegas Indy 300.

One of the most well-liked drivers in the paddock, Wheldon was 33.

He called the Indy 500 "the biggest sporting event in the world," and his second and final win there came in most unexpected fashion. Trailing rookie JR Hildebrand with one turn remaining, Wheldon was resigned to finishing in second place for the third consecutive year.

Then Hildebrand brushed the wall just seconds away from what seemed like certain victory, giving Wheldon one of the luckiest breaks ever at the Brickyard. He crossed the line in front, making the final lap the only one he led in the entire race.

Then Hildebrand brushed the wall just seconds away from what seemed like certain victory, giving Wheldon one of the luckiest breaks ever at the Brickyard. He crossed the line in front, making the final lap the only one he led in the entire race.