At the final turn, J.R. Hildebrand crashes into the wall and loses lead position to Dan Wheldon

INDIANAPOLIS (CBS/AP) – During the final turn of the Indianapolis 500, Bay Area native, J.R. Hildebrand  loses his lead when he & his car slams into the wall. Allowing Dan Wheldon to win the Indy 500.

Wheldon captured his second Indy 500 in his first race of the year, getting behind the wheel in a one-race deal for Bryan Herta Autosport.

But this one will be remembered for Hildebrand, a rookie from Sausalito, needing to make it through only one turn to win his Indy debut.

Wheldon Wins Stunning Indy 500

J.R. Hildebrand, driver of the #4 National Guard Panther Racing (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images)

PICTURES: Indy 500 – 2011

Instead, he got too high coming through the fourth turn and slammed the wall. Wheldon went past to take the checkered flag, while Hildebrand’s crumpled machine slid across in second place.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services may have contributed to this report.)


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