The British racing driver Dan Wheldon has been killed in a multiple pile-up at an IndyCar race in Las Vegas.
He was one of the few overseas drivers to make it big in US motor-racing.
The crash happened on the 13th lap of the Las Vegas Indy 300.
Wheldon’s car flew over another and caught part of the crash barrier just past the apex of turn two.
In all, 15 cars littered the track, at least one of them upside-down, many more in flames.
He was flown to hospital but his death was announced two hours later.
Wheldon was one of only two Britons to have won the renowned Indy500 race more than once and in 2005 he won the IndyCar Series championship.
Fellow Briton Dario Franchitti wept as he prepared for a five-lap tribute at the circuit.
Wheldon, who was born in Buckinghamshire, had been offered a Formula One place with the BMW Sauber team, but he turned it down because it was not a guaranteed permanent drive.
The 33 year old leaves a wife and two young sons.