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Mark Webber says IndyCar can learn from F1 after the death of Dan Wheldon

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October 21, 2011 2:48 PM

I was fortunate to meet Dan once, just a handshake. But The whole IRL community over here agrees he was genuine, and not 'about Dan', a rare sportsman.
@ Richard
Yes I've seen the new body, I hope your right an improvement as you say. But ovals can't have gravel traps so cars will always hit either a wall, safer barrier or steel fence/cable. I saw a sprint racer decapitated by the cable that runs along the fencing. Horrifying.


October 21, 2011 2:55 PM
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Sorry you won't get to meet him.
@ turkey
though rare since refueling was banned, Nick's Renault caught fire this year, but mostly due to a bizzare exhaust config.


October 21, 2011 3:00 PM

I've driven that track in a dumbed down Nascar-type stock car, at Richard Petty Driving Experience.
And you are right, it may be as exciting a hell for me in the cockpit doing 160 mph, but watching it is about as exciting as watching paint dry.
And it's pretty obvious that you haven't seen an F1 race in that last couple of years, try downloading the Canadian GP from this year (I'm sure you can find it "somewhere"). Watch that and then tell me F1 is boring (err.. I mean AFTER the rain delay).


October 21, 2011 3:10 PM

@ Yirmin

The point Mark was making is the fact if two or three cars are travelling beside each other they will draw together.

Much the same as if you are travelling on a freeway beside a truck.

You have misconstrued his interpretation.

Walrus in Australia this weekend Dan is being recognised at the Gold Coast 600 in which he was to compete so our thoughts are with him and his family

ian - Unregistered

October 21, 2011 3:33 PM

F1 cars do not regularly hit walls at 200mph, Indy cars do. And when they do, the driver usually walks away. Sounds like a decent car to me. And for the record, it was reported on Tuesday that Wheldon died from blunt force trauma to the head. Neither F1 or Indy cars offer much protection there. It's no coincidence that in the last year F1 has been researching the addition of a protective canopy.

Yirmin - Unregistered

October 21, 2011 3:55 PM

@ commodores

Clearly you are a fan of Webber because you keep trying to twist things around to clear his idiotic comment. BUT Webber said SLIP STREAM, and that doesn't happen from a car beside you... ONLY IN FRONT. The car beside you causes turbulence that could impact your car negatively by reducing your cars aerodynamics... Go to your local freeway and tailgate a large truck... you'll feel your car pulled by it... now move to the side of the truck and you wont feel that pull anymore. Your car might feel a bit unstable and shake a bit but that isn't because its being pulled forward that is because the air the truck is pushing through is not hitting your car because the air pressure beside the truck is higher... and an increase in air pressure doesn't pull you it pushes you.


October 21, 2011 3:57 PM

commodore. partly correct. the floor has been brought forward (red edge) to prevent a wheel coming into contact with tub side, and the front wing is made so as to withstand knocks. it wont fall off at the first tiff, and leave an exposed wheel

Mark _

October 21, 2011 7:47 PM

The claims that US fans only watch for the wrecks is silly. No one wants to see people hurt. Let's be honest though. Most motorsport fans have some interest in seeing wrecks, even in F1. All that you have to do is watch the highlights from any race and the wrecks will be primarily what is shown.


October 21, 2011 8:16 PM

I'm really not trying to be inflammatory, but I live in NASCAR land and you better believe that the Mesh Heads drool over that stuff. It's right up there with the WWF for lots of people. Every Pick-Up Truck driver I know only remembers the crashes on Monday.

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