Wheldon’s image will be on Indy 500 tickets

The Indianapolis 500 will pay tribute to the late Dan Wheldon by

putting his image on this year’s race tickets.

The defending champion is traditionally honored by appearing on

the following year’s tickets. Wheldon won his second 500 title last

May and did much of the testing in the new Indy cars, but was

killed in a crash at last season’s final IndyCar race at Las

Vegas.

On Tuesday morning, speedway officials will unveil the artwork

at Avon Middle School near Indianapolis where guidance counselor

Paul Quirke will be presented with a 5-foot replica of the ticket.

Quirke won a Facebook contest in which 250 fans explained why their

seats were the best ones at the track.

Season-ticket holders will be mailed their tickets later this

week.