ST. PETERSBURG -- The city of St. Petersburg plans to honor IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon.
Wheldon, a native of England who made St. Petersburg his home, died Sunday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway after his car became ensnared in a fiery 15-car pileup, flew over another vehicle and landed in a catch fence.
The 33-year-old Wheldon died of head injuries.
St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster and the city council will read a resolution of bereavement Thursday at the city council meeting.
Foster said the community will support Wheldon's wife and two children. The mayor called Wheldon a "super dad" and a proud resident.
Foster said the city had adopted Wheldon "as our favorite racing son."
On Monday, at Wheldon’s home in St. Pete's Old Northeast neighborhood, flowers and mementos were placed on the front steps within hours of Bernard announcing the driver had died in Las Vegas from "unsurviveable injuries."