Skip to comments.Breaking: Dan Wheldon has died.....
Posted on 10/16/2011 3:11:34 PM PDT by TaraP
Breaking on CNN
watched the whole thing...big open wheel/Indy fan and today was suppose to be an exciting day...terrible crash- smacked the catch fence and the back sheared off...he was a good guy- broken down in victory lane after winning the Indy 500 for his mom who is suffering from Alzheimer..Wheldon drove the National Guard car in Indy for years and was always complimenting our troops...very, very, sad...
Prayers to his wife and children...
May GOD ease there pain with his grace and love....
racers doing a five lap salute for Wheldon...bagpipes playing in the background...
Yahoo has actual ABC footage... don’t bather with youtube crap.
RIP and prayers for his loved ones.
Amen! Lovely tribute right now with the cars and the bagpipes.
Later AP thread:
“IndyCar is very sad to announce that Dan Wheldon has passed away from unsurvivable injuries,” IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard said.
A very close relative is an Indycar official. As a matter of fact, I just saw him on TV. This will be devastating for the whole community. I’m not sure how much longer Indycar can survive. I thought this even before the crash today.
Driver blog: Dan Wheldon frustrated with car in Las Vegas
Did anyone notice the tough looking driver, sort of looked Italian to me, sitting in his car prior to the 5 lap tribute?
The guy was crying so bad I wondered if he would be able to drive.
It is sad to learn of the loss of a young life. I understand the need for expression, but this five lap tribute is not doing much for me. I think they should have lined up the cars for the ceremonial laps and left the pole position vacant as a missing man tribute.
that was Dario Franchitti- he’s from Scotland and married to Ashley Judd...
“I am not one to follow, but are the risks at such high speeds really worth it?”
Nah. We should ban it. We should ban anything where anybody might get hurt. /S
Why don’t you just stay home and hide under your covers.
The rest of us will decide for ourselves what risks we are willing to take.
Right - they’ll make them start closer to the finish, reduce speeds to 70mph and no switching lanes.
I only occasionally watch Indy racing. I usually watch NASCAR. The Indy cars always make me nervous because they aren’t as “crashable” as the NASCAR cars, if you know what I mean. I’m very sorry your close relative will be dealing with this tragic loss, along with the whole community. Prayers for all.
i agree- this is really a big blow for IndyCar...they put a lot of effort and resources into this- packages to fly to Vegas, etc...Wheldon was racing for $5million today as he had not been a regular in the series...the loss of Wheldon aside (which i realize is impossible) this is a major blow for the IRL...
I got the HD video card working in my PC just seconds before. Real bad time to tune in.
That was Scotsman Dario Franchitti, husband of Ashley Judd.