Funeral for racing driver Wheldon
The funeral of British racing driver Dan Wheldon has been held in his adopted hometown in Florida.
Large crowds gathered to pay their respects to the 33-year-old father-of-two outside the First Presbyterian Church in St Petersburg, where the funeral began at 10am local time.
The front page of the order of service showed a photograph of Wheldon kissing a trophy and the words 'Lionheart Forever' - a reference to the nickname he earned during his career for his fearless brand of racing.
The Buckinghamshire-born driver, a former IndyCar champion and two-time Indy 500 race winner, was killed on Sunday in a 15-car pile-up at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Wheldon's Dallara Honda was sent flying into a trackside fence on lap 11 of the race, causing what IndyCar chief executive Randy Bernard said were "unsurvivable injuries".
Among the mourners were Wheldon's widow, Susie, and their two young children, Sebastian and Oliver, along with other members of the Wheldon family.
Wheldon's sister, Holly, tweeted: "Thank you so much to everyone who emailed and tweeted me amazing messages. Really appreciate it. Dan would be proud of all of you. :)"
IndyCar champion Dario Franchitti and his wife, actress Ashley Judd,.were in attendance alongside IndyCar drivers Will Power, Danica Patrick, Tony Kanaan and Scott Dixon.
Franchitti, Kanaan and Dixon were among the pall bearers who carried Wheldon's coffin after the funeral service as the mourners moved on to a private burial.
Mrs Wheldon had invited the local community to attend the service in a statement on www.indycar.com. "Although the last few days have been unbearable for our family, the overwhelming love and support we have received are rays of sunshine during these dark days," she said.