The late Dan Wheldon with wife Susie.

Susie Wheldon has been presented with the ‘Champion of Champions’ ring that her late husband, Dan, earned for his 2011

Indianapolis 500 triumph.

“I just want to take a moment to thank everybody for the outpouring of love and support over the past several months for me and my family,” Susie Wheldon said.

“Everyone from Indianapolis, around the country and the world, my racing family and Dan's fans. It has been so comforting to have the support of so many during such a difficult time.”

British driver Wheldon died on October 16 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in a 15-car crash that catapulted his car into the air and into a fence.

Five months earlier, in May of 2011, he had won the Indianapolis 500 for the second time. He triumphed in dramatic style, taking the lead for the first time on the final straightaway. He also won at the “Brickyard” in 2005.

“Dan loved the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and what it meant to win here, and I am proud to be here to represent him as a two-time winner,” said Susie Wheldon, who was accompanied by sons Sebastian and Oliver.

The 96th edition of the Indianapolis 500 will be held on Sunday on the 4km oval. -Sapa-AFP