The race was stopped and the remaining drivers, many of whom were visibly emotional after emerging from a meeting with IndyCar officials, will do a five-lap salute in Wheldon’s honor, Bernard told reporters.
Wheldon, 33, was in line to win $5 million if he captured the checkered flag at Sunday’s race.
After his second Indy 500 victory, Wheldon talked with CNN’s “American Morning” about the intensity of the race track.
“We’re doing speeds in excess of 225 miles per hour. With this race, you never know what can happen. It’s about staying focused and you really don’t ever let off the power unless you have to,” he said.