Rest In Peace Dan Wheldon

10/16/11 in IndyCar   |   Debi_L   |   11287 respect

 There is simply no easy way to announce news of this type.  IndyCar driver, Dan Wheldon, passed from his injuries after a horrific wreck on the 13th lap of the final race of the season at Las Vegas.

Only 12 laps had been completed, and drivers were racing hard for position.  Fifteen cars were involved in the wreck, but none were seriously injured, with the exception of Dan Wheldon.  His car went airborne and cockpit first into the catchfence, above the safer barrier.  His injuries were described as not survivable.

Dan was racing today for $5 million dollars, starting from last place.  Had he won the race, he would have split the winnings with a fan.  

Rest in Peace Dan.  The racing community will miss you.
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10/17/11   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Debi_L wrote:
Off-road racing Champion Russ Huseman, his brother, Jeff and another were killed in a plane crash yesterday as well, making an emergency landing.  Prayers are with their families and friends.

It was a horrible day yesterday.

Just an awful, awful day. Condolences to the family and friends.

10/17/11   |   kramer   |   11003 respect

Debi_L wrote:
Off-road racing Champion Russ Huseman, his brother, Jeff and another were killed in a plane crash yesterday as well, making an emergency landing.  Prayers are with their families and friends.

It was a horrible day yesterday.

Ugh, they say it comes in threes...and there it is.

10/17/11   |   Debi_L   |   11287 respect

Off-road racing Champion Russ Huseman, his brother, Jeff and another were killed in a plane crash yesterday as well, making an emergency landing.  Prayers are with their families and friends.

It was a horrible day yesterday.

10/17/11   |   derms33   |   17642 respect

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Jim Harbaugh is only 47, but I understand what you are saying. What about that 16 year old high school football player who died yesterday from a head injury during the game. Lets not forget about him, and his greiving family.

i'm 33...thats old to me...hahaha...and agree, lets talk some stuff that matters

10/16/11   |   derms33   |   17642 respect

this is terrible...and all sports outlets care about is a fight bet. two old men in the NFL...Set your priorities

10/16/11   |   KurtKingsley   |   1856 respect

 RIP

10/16/11   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

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Its so strange when there is a 15 car pile up and everyone escapes with minor to no injuries at all, but one guy ends up dying. It reminds me of when my friend died after his off road vehicle flipped over while he was driving with 4 other passengers, all 4 passengers were thrown from the vehicle and basically unphased except for my friend who was crushed by the roll cage and killed instantly. Its so weird how accidents play out.

Very unfortunate.  RIP.

He hit the catch fence cockpit first. Honestly, if that happens, I'm not sure it's even possible for someone to survive that in an open cockpit race car.

10/16/11   |   Canadianhick   |   2147 respect

I only watched IndyCar when there was nothing else on to watch and Dan was by far  the happiest guy around.
My deepest thoughts and prayers go out to his  friends, family, and the entire racing world as there are all family.. RIP Dan.

10/16/11   |   The_Real_Stoney   |   24042 respect

Thoughts are with his friends and family.. It was just a sick feeling as the tone of the aftermath of the crash became more and more ominous and seeing the reactions of Tony Kanaan and Graham Rahal after the drivers meeting, you knew what was coming.. Just ugh, such a bummer

10/16/11   |   Soxfest   |   762 respect

RIP DW he had no chance in that crash!

10/16/11   |   beach_pirate   |   1121 respect

(Edited by beach_pirate)

Dave Furst (Indianapolis' WRTV Sportscaster) had an interview with Tony Kanaan shortly after the 5-lap tribute. I dont believe I have ever heard such an emotional interview. Kudos to TK for sitting down with Dave and sharing his thoughts.

In Tony's words, "If we were told we only had 1 more hour in this life, I think we all would want to spend it doing what we loved most. Dan did that."

My heart aches for Dan's family and the entire IndyCar community.

RIP Champ

10/16/11   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Quick update on the rest of the injured. Will Power has been released from the hospital. Pippa Mann and JR Hildebrand are being held overnight for observation, but our awake and alert.

10/16/11   |   Debi_L   |   11287 respect

Eric_ wrote:
I don't know what to say right now. I'm just numb. Dan was a great champion loved by the entire IndyCar community. So many thought swirling about him and the series I love. Above all else though, I'm just gutted for his family. He leaves behind a wife and two sons, 2 and 5 months.

 I know what you mean.  I'm numb.  I'm cleaning my house like a dervish (my coping thing) and bawling my eyes out.  IndyCar isn't my favorite type of racing, but I have my favorites (and non-favs) in all forms of racing and TK, Dan, Simona, Ed, Sarah, and yes, even Dario are some of them.  I know open wheel racing has lost many, many talented drivers.  This one just hurts more.

10/16/11   |   kramer   |   11003 respect

What little I watched of Indy Car racing, Dan Wheldon was always the flashy Brit, the fashionable outgoing guy with a passion that few have ever had.  I could see how competitive he was and a guy that absolutely loved what he did.  I watched that 5-lap tribute, and like Scott said, I've never seen anything like that before.  I think ABC was delaying the inevitable news, but all I had to see was Tony Kanaan crying on the pit wall shortly before the announcement and I knew.  5 months ago he was on top of the world with the birth of his 2nd child and his 2nd Indy 500 win after J.R. Hildebrand's complete screw up off the final corner of Indy.

10/16/11   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

I don't know what to say right now. I'm just numb. Dan was a great champion loved by the entire IndyCar community. So many thought swirling about him and the series I love. Above all else though, I'm just gutted for his family. He leaves behind a wife and two sons, 2 and 5 months.

10/16/11   |   Jess   |   32868 respect

RIP Dan Wheldon - thoughts and prayers go out to friends, family, and the entire IndyCar community, as his death has touched them too. 

10/16/11   |   Scott   |   49497 respect

 I'm not much of an Indy Car follower but that 5 lap tribute might have been one of the most powerful things I've ever witnessed.  Sounds like the auto racing world has not only lost another great driver, but another amazing individual

10/16/11   |   JenX63   |   31555 respect

Truly a sad day for all, prayers go out to his family.

10/16/11   |   Joe_L   |   12371 respect

RIP Dan Wheldon. My sympathies to his family, friends and colleagues.