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10/17/2011 02:49 am ET | Updated Dec 16, 2011

Dan Wheldon Dies: Danica Patrick, Alex Tagliani, IndyCar Drivers React As Fans Pay Respects On Twitter

After learning that IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon had passed away due to injuries suffered in a horrific 15-car wreck that occurred during the 11th lap of the season-ending race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the other drivers opted to drive a five-lap salute to their fallen colleague.

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With heavy hearts, the drivers circled the cleared track in honor of the two-time Indianapolis 500 winner. Needless to say, emotions ran high amongst the drivers, with feelings ranging from sadness to anger.

"We're all very sad. He was a friend of all of ours," Danica Patrick said as she began to choke up. "He'll be missed. I just feel for his family."

"I'm angry. I'm sad. So many things. I feel like everything was wrong. I don't know," fellow IndyCar driver Alex Tagliani said.

As the news of Wheldon's passing spread beyond the 1.5-mile oval in Las Vegas, fans, colleagues and media around the world began sharing their shock as well as paying their respects via Twitter. Here are some noteworthy reactions and tributes.

Dan Wheldon Tribute
WATCH: IndyCar Drivers Participate in 5-Lap Salute