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Wheldon had been scheduled to compete next weekend at Surfers Paradise, Australia, in the Gold Coast 600 race, teaming with V8 Supercar champion James Courtney as a co-driver for two 186-mile touring car races on Saturday and Sunday.
Five other IndyCar drivers are scheduled to compete on the Gold Coast, including Australian Will Power, who suffered back injuries in Sunday's crash in Las Vegas.
V8 series chairman Tony Cochrane said he expects some of the American-based drivers to pull out.
"If any driver wishes to pull out in respect, we would fully appreciate and understand that and be as supportive as we can," Cochrane said Monday. "And we will find replacement drivers for anyone who wishes to drop out this weekend. We will cross that bridge and worry about that when we get over the initial shock and deal with it in due course."
Cochrane said a memorial service would be held on Saturday morning at the Gold Coast track.
"He was very much looking forward to having his first ... go in a V8 Supercar this coming weekend," Cochrane said. "We have just been reminded in the most tragic of circumstances what can happen in motorsport. This is a terrible day."
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