INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Susie Wheldon received a long standing ovation Saturday during the public driver meeting for the Indianapolis 500.

Dan Wheldon’s wife accepted a replica of the Borg Warner trophy on behalf of the two-time Indianapolis winner. He was killed in a crash during the October season finale race at Las Vegas. Susie Wheldon held her 3-year-old son, Sebastian, while accepting the trophy.

She was also presented with a plaque from The American Dairy Association to commemorate Wheldon’s win last May. The award is a reminder of Louis Meyer, who originated the tradition in 1933 of drinking milk in victory lane.

Defending series champion Dario Franchitti was presented with his champions ring during the driver meeting, and Josef Newgarden received his Indy Lights championship ring.

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