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Old 17th October 2011, 05:23   #1
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Default IndyCar Crash - 15 cars pile up! RIP Dan Wheldon

Just saw heart wrenching news about Dan Wheldon passing away in Las Vegas. He was involved in a 15-car crash in Indianapolis 500.

R.I.P Dan Wheldon and wish early recovery to all other drivers who got hurt. My thoughts and prayers are with Wheldon's family and friends.

Dan Wheldon dies after fiery IndyCar crash - latimes.com

Fiery IndyCar crash in Las Vegas - latimes.com

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Really sad news for carracing fans around the world. May his soul rest in peace.
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Thats a bad crash!!! RIP Dan Wheldon!
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Just saw heart wrenching news about Dan Wheldon passing away in Las Vegas. He was involved in a 15-car crash in Indianapolis 500.

R.I.P Dan Wheldon and wish early recovery to all other drivers who got hurt. My thoughts and prayers are with Wheldon's family and friends.
RIP Wheldon, that was a bad crash.

Small correction chevelle, It was a IndyCar Series race in Las Vegas and not Indianapolis 500. He was had won this year's Indy 500 though.

Also, this was the last race of the series and Wheldon would have won a $5million bonus offered by the series for non-regulars had he won the race. Not sure if this had anything to do with his driving.

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OMG, thats an horrific accident. May Dan's soul rest in peace.

Its really sad to see so many lives lost in the race. Indycar will never be the same again.
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What a horrific crash. The cars were all over the place. From the helicopter crash I am not able to make out which car was Dan Wheldon's.



Somehow the cars don't seem as safe as F1 cars. Maybe the regulations are not as stringent as F1 then again I remember HANS device was first used in IndyCar then used in F1.
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Here is a video of Will Power going airborne. Quite scary at the end with all those flames!
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A sad news to start to week with. Tragic indeed.
RIP Dan Wheldon.
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Small correction chevelle, It was a IndyCar Series race in Las Vegas and not Indianapolis 500. He was had won this year's Indy 500 though.

Also, this was the last race of the series and Wheldon would have won a $5million bonus offered by the series for non-regulars had he won the race. Not sure if this had anything to do with his driving.
Thanks for correcting me. I meant he has won 2 times Indianapolis 500 and crashed and passed away in Indycar.

Sorry
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I was a big fan of Dan. It is so sad when things like this happen in motorsports. Though no one can change fate, I hope safety keeps improving.

Rest In Peace Dan.
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Btw, Guys heard about Dan Wheldon ?? Feel so bad :(
Yup,saw the video.Horrible crash.Hair raising and spine chilling. R.I.P.
Here is the link
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That was a horrific crash.

He was killed because his car flew and hit the fence - cockpit side first. With oval tracks where speeds are always in excess of 200mph ( no turns to brake for) and you have 3-4 cars running in parallel, they should have better safety than that. 2 cars touched and that sent cars flying. Time to come up with safer design.

Sad to see a life lost.
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rip.
Thats one horrific crash. One mans mistake is another mans life. sad.
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A lot of effort goes into designing a safe race car. I wonder if similar effort is put into proper track design. Maybe some accountability is in order for race track designers and organizers of the event.
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A lot of effort goes into designing a safe race car. I wonder if similar effort is put into proper track design. Maybe some accountability is in order for race track designers and organizers of the event.
Funny, even on this forum,whenever I have asked about safety aspects like crash ratings, I have hardly got a reply!! All the folks care about is is the ICE great? Do you have space in the third row? Why is the paint job Bad??!!! What goes into race cars today is what comes into passenger cars tomorrow
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