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10-16-2011, 07:13 PM
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Indy Car Driver Dies

last race of the season .. RIP

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What a horrible crash

My thoughts go out to his family, friends, colleagues and fans.

Indy isn't a series that I follow but I knew of him, heard good things about him. Not sure what series he took part in over here but if he was a part of the TOCA or GT packages in the mid/late 90's I probably saw him race. Terrible shame that this should happen.

Major respect to all people involved in making motorsport as safe as possible, whether through improving safety of cars/tracks or working as marshals. They all do incredible work, just very unfortunate that a set of circumstances occured that defied all their efforts.

Rest in peace Dan.

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That's messed up. A mother and two children now have a missing link in their family forever. I really hate when stuff like this happens.

R.I.P. Dan Wheldon.

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Horrible Tragedy.

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My biggest wish for Dan Wheldon and his friends and family, is that somehow, he becomes a Freejack.

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Tragic. We're so used to see drivers walk out of these wrecks unscathed that we've come to think that they're invincible. Just horrific.

RIP Dan.

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Tragic...

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Tragedies like those always remind me of Greg Moore. As soon as I saw his crash, I knew there was nothing that could have been done for him.

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Tragic. We're so used to see drivers walk out of these wrecks unscathed that we've come to think that they're invincible. Just horrific.

RIP Dan.
Not really, at least not for me. The number of race car drivers who died in action is tremendously long.

Wheldon is the 42nd professional race car driver to die since 2000 alone, in an age where security measures have never been as high in car racing history. That's 4 per year, with at least 1 or 2 in major leagues. And that's without all the serious injuries of those who didn't die.

It's one of the world's most dangerous 'sports', if you can call it that.

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Not really, at least not for me. The number of race car drivers who died in action is tremendously long.

Wheldon is the 42nd professional race car driver to die since 2000 alone, in an age where security measures have never been as high in car racing history. That's 4 per year, with at least 1 or 2 in major leagues. And that's without all the serious injuries of those who didn't die.

It's one of the world's most dangerous 'sports', if you can call it that.
You're right about it statistically. What I meant was that we've seen a guy like Kenny Brack survive a 214 g crash and get back to "business as usual", or even a Zanardi who still races with prosthetic limbs. While it's true that race car drivers die every year, the "miracles" far outweigh the deaths. One look at pics from Robert Kubica's rally crash is enough to believe that there's a 'higher force' protecting drivers. Sadly, that's not the case, and Lady Luck was not buckled in Wheldon's car today.

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RIP Dan.

My condolences to the family.

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This is probably the saddest race crash I have seen. I shed many bad mother****er tears watching this. The music and desperate attempt by his friend to save his life killed me.

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