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Wheldon injuries described as 'unsurvivable'

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LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

Several hours after Dan Wheldon was airlifted to University Medical Center, an IndyCar spokesperson confirmed what many had feared.

"Dan Wheldon has passed away, due to unsurvivable injuries at the race track," Tracey Todd with IndyCar told a group of reporters outside of the hospital on Sunday.

Wheldon was pronounced dead at the hospital but officials aren't ruling out the possibility he died on impact.

Wheldon's three brothers, his sister, his wife Susie as well as his two sons, ages 2 and 7 months, were at the track at the time of the crash.

All of them rushed to the hospital shortly afterward.

"Everybody is in shock, and it's the risk that comes with the sport but it is a huge loss to the whole IndyCar community and family," Todd told FOX5.

Outside the hospital, the owner of Wheldon's car Sam Schmidt comforted other race team members, many taking the news hard.

Three other drivers who were injured in the same crash were also brought to UMC by ambulance; but there injuries weren't as severe.

IndyCar saying Pippa Mann was held over night with a burn to her right pinky finger.

JR Hildebrand was also held over night, but is awake and alert. Will Power was released a few hours after coming in on Sunday.

Meanwhile, IndyCar says the tragedy has shocked the sport's world, especially since so much has been done to ensure safety.

"We do everything in our power to make sure our drivers are kept safe so it's very unfortunate when an event like this happens but this sport is very risky," said Todd.

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