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Mark Dan Wheldon's death was a great tragedy, but the numerous launches of cars in that crash had more to do with the track layout than anything else. And with respect to the Spa accident, drivers themselves have commented that the severity of the accident had more to do with the layout of the start straight at Spa. There is much that can be accomplished with better track design and improved passive restraint measures to avoid the accident or at least mitigate the injuries. when you look past the horrific spectacle of Wheldon's and other drivers' crashes, Dan Wheldon hit his head on an unprotected post, and the other drivers escaped injury free. A more appropriate catch fence and an aerodynamic package that prevented cars from drafting so closely so easily would be a more appropriate response to incidents of this sort. You never, never saw Indy cars drafting so closely in the days of Fittipaldi, Tracy and Andretti, and it was due to the aerodynamics.

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