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10-16-2011, 01:43 PM   #1
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LAS VEGAS — IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon has been seriously injured in a massive 15-car wreck has sent cars flying through the air early in Sunday’s Las Vegas Indy 300.

Paul Tracy, who was involved in the wreck, said a team of doctors were working on Wheldon, but there was no word of his injuries. A helicopter lifted off from the speedway, but there was no indication if Wheldon was onboard.
Wheldon seriously injured in massive 15-car wreck that sent cars flying Las Vegas IndyCar race - The Washington Post



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All I could see was cars flying. Without a doubt the worst thing I've ever seen in my racing career. It's sad, man, sad," said Davey Hamilton, who briefly choked up. "It's been 10 years, more than 10 years, since my accident at Texas. We're all a bunch of friends here, this is my family, and I was fortunate enough to come back. As I tried to tell everybody when I got hurt, when you put on a helmet and a firesuit, it's probably pretty dangerous. We accept that as racing drivers."
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So very sad.
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According to an Indy Car spokesman, his injuries were "unsurvivable." From the video it looks as if the car went up cockpit first into the catch fence.

Dario Franchitti said he had driven stock cars (NASCAR) on that track and that Indy Cars should have never been allowed on it. That it was too fast and allowed the cars to run too close together.

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Somehow I came here knowing you'd have started a thread about this.

Pretty horrible, and simply a consequence of racing open-wheeled, open-cockpit cars on a track like that one.

I'd love to see IndyCar go all road course and have the Indy 500 be a stand-alone event a la Le Mans.
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Pretty horrible, and simply a consequence of racing open-wheeled, open-cockpit cars on a track like that one.

I'd love to see IndyCar go all road course and have the Indy 500 be a stand-alone event a la Le Mans.
Either that or detune the engines to reduce horsepower for these 1.5 mile tri-oval tracks. Las Vegas, Chicago, Kentucky, etc. were designed for NASCAR type stock cars and a 3500 pound full bodied car flying up into the catch fence like that will suffer much less damage than composite, open cockpit car. Carl Edwards went in to the fence that way at Talladega a couple of years ago as did Brad Kesolowski at Atlanta (payback from Carl). Both walked away cussing the other. Indy cars have been too fast for several years now and something needs to be done to slow them down. I'm sure that will happen now. When Dale was killed at Daytona, the HANNS device was mandated and NASCAR began requiring tracks to install SAFER barriers. When Scott Kaletta was killed at Englishtown, NHRA went from 1/4 mile down to 1000 feet to give racers more shutdown room. Sad that it takes a death sometimes to wake up the governing bodies in car racing and from what I've heard, Barnhart has taken a lot of criticism from drivers, fans and owners lately about decisions IndyCars has made.

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Yeah, I'll be shocked if Barnhart isn't gone by next season (assuming IndyCar as a whole is still around at all).
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Yeah, I'll be shocked if Barnhart isn't gone by next season (assuming IndyCar as a whole is still around at all).
Yep, Brian doesn't have Tony George around anymore to protect him from his own stupidity. After the New Hampshire restart in the pouring rain that wrecked a bunch of cars, Will Power gave Barnhart the double middle finger salute.

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The only way to stop a high speed "big one " in Indy Car is to not race on NASCAR high banked ovals. It is very rare to see cars fly like that at Indy but Mario did that back in 2003 after running over a piece from Kenny Brack's car in a test session.

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If I remember correctly, that year at Atlanta was the last time they ran Indy cars here. With the use of restrictor plates at Talladega and Daytona, Atlanta is actually the fastest track on the NASCAR circuit although Charlotte and Texas will argue about that. But you are correct. You can run a Sprint Cup car at Indy and on other tracks meant for open wheeled cars but those open wheel cars have no business on high bank super speedways meant for Cup cars. This type of "big one" is expected at Dega and Daytona in NASCAR but the frame and roll cage of those Cup cars probably weighs almost as much as a complete Indy car

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