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Dan Wheldon

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by iXanon, Oct 17, 2011.

  1. iXanon

    iXanon Active Member

    This young British IndyCar driver sadly lost his life in the Las Vegas Indy 300 race last night, after suffering "unsurvivable injuries" in a 15-car crash.

    Whilst I'm not personally a follower of that particular series, I am a great fan of Formula One, and Dan was quite well known amongst British fans. Any kind of fatality in motorsport is incredibly sad, and certainly puts racing into perspective when these drivers are living on the edge.

    RIP (Full News - Be warned; Contains images and footage of the incident)
  2. Floris

    Floris Guest

    Yeah, saw it happen. Quite a smash, and Dan was an awesome driver. RIP.
  3. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    We've been talking about it on my site.

    R.I.P. Dan but it was a needless death as he shouldn't have even been there.
    He was only participating due to the ridiculous and pointless challenge of starting from the back to try and win $5 million for winning.

    Hopefully this will make the organisers realise that motorsport is deadly and not a game.
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  4. MGSteve

    MGSteve Well-Known Member

    From the footage I couldn't make out which car actually triggered it, I think of them caught the rear of the car in front with its front wing, perhaps puncturing the tyre, that car appeared to them slow & collect another which then started the chain of events.

    Unless it was triggered by Dan trying to make an unsafe pass, I can't see what its got to do with the $5m prize, its more of a case of wrong place, wrong time.
  5. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Dan shouldn't have even been in the race, if not for that stupid challenge.

    Hence why it was a needless death.
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  6. Floris

    Floris Guest

    Didn't look like unsafe pass, cars in front of him basically prevented him to escape from the situation they were in.
  7. -GR-

    -GR- Well-Known Member

    They shouldn't have even been racing Indy cars on that track let alone that many of them. It is a shame someone had to loose their life for the dimwits lining their pockets with money because they felt their needed to be more entertainment. Indy cars belong on a road coarse and not a high speed oval.

    RIP Dan.
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  8. bambua

    bambua Well-Known Member

    Or at least an oval that's made for them not a multi purpose track.
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  9. Peggy

    Peggy Well-Known Member

    A senseless tragedy.

    R.I.P. Dan.

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