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Dan Wheldon: 1978-2011

"The IndyCar community - drivers, teams, fans - arrived at the track today to compete and celebrate a championship. Instead, we lost one of the sport's best. Dan Wheldon was a champion on the track and a great ambassador for the sport. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Dan's family. It's in moments like this that you witness the strength of the IndyCar community. Even though we compete against each other week after week, it's like we've lost a member of our own family. We'll go forward into the 2012 season by reflecting on the great memories we have of Dan Wheldon."

RICK HUMPHEY - VP of ZOOM Motorsports:
"On behalf of Barber Motorsports Park, our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Dan Wheldon. His willingness to help promote the event each year in Birmingham showed us what kind of an ambassador he was for the sport. Dan's infectious personality will always be remembered and his smile will truly be missed at Barber Motorsports Park."

EDDIE GOSSAGE - President, Texas Motor Speedway:
"On behalf of the entire staff at Texas Motor Speedway, our sincere condolences go out to Dan's wife Susie and their two young boys, Oliver and Sebastian. Dan was a tremendous race-car driver and even more tremendous as a person. I was fortunate to get to know Dan over the years with the series annually visiting Texas Motor Speedway and he always arrived with that infectious personality and charming wit. His outstanding skill in the cockpit and his personality and good nature out of it will be greatly missed by the entire IndyCar community."

DANICA PATRICK – Andretti Autosport:
“There are no words for today. Myself and so many others are devastated. I pray for suzi and the kids that god will give them strength.”

MARTY REID – ABC:
"Many people ask me why I always sign off 'Till we meet again.' Because goodbye is always so final. Goodbye, Dan Wheldon."

EMMERSON FITTIPALDI:
“I have seen many fine men/racers leave us prematurely over my lifetime, it is an unfortunate part of our sport. Godspeed Dan Wheldon.”

PAUL TRACY:
“I have no words for what has happened. RIP Danny”

MARK WEBBER – Red Bull Racing:
“Rest in peace Dan. I remember our early days in the UK, 95/96. Miss ya…”

RUBENS BARRICHELLO – Williams F1:
“Just got out from the plane and got the terrible news about the death of out friend Dan Wheldon. Will always remember the great times we had at karting in Brazil my friend. Rest in peace.”

JENSON BUTTON – McLaren Mercedes:
“Just woken up to the most horrific news. Dan Wheldon RIP. I have so many good memories of racing with Dan in the early 90's, a true fighter. We've lost a legend in our sport but also a great guy. I can't believe to imagine what his family are going through and my thoughts are with them at this very difficult time.”

LEWIS HAMILTON – McLaren Mercedes:
“This is an extremely sad day. Dan was a racer I'd followed throughout my career, as I often followed in his footsteps as we climbed the motorsport ladder in the UK. He was an extremely talented driver. As a British guy, who not only went over to the States but who twice won the Indy 500, he was an inspirational guy, and someone that every racing driver looked up to with respect and admiration. This is a tragic loss at such a young age. My heart goes out to his family and friends during this extremely difficult time.”

PAUL DI RESTA – Force India:
“Very sad news that a great racer has died. Rest in peace Dan. Thoughts are with your family.”

Karun Chandhok:
“Just bumped into Mark Webber in singapore airport who told me the shocking news about Dan Wheldon... thoughts & prayers go out to his family.”

MCLAREN:
“RIP Dan Wheldon. We pass on our condolences to his family and friends. Our thoughts are with them.”

TEAM LOTUS:
“We would like to add our thoughts and prayers to the multitude of people paying respect to Dan Wheldon. A true Champion has passed away. RIP.”

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Droog - Unregistered

October 17, 2011 1:39 PM

What the hell were 34 open-wheeled cars doing on a small (1.5mi) oval in the first place? I've actually driven that track with the Richard Petty Driving Experience, and I can tell you that it's not huge as oval's go. On top of that, in an open wheeler, if you make the slightest contact with another car's wheel, you are going for a ride. And you have no protection when flying head first into the wall/fence. This track was designed for stock cars, with closed wheels and roll bar cages. Being an F1 nut, I don't know much about him, but I truly respect the sheer guts that it takes to hop into one of these cars and drive competitively. May God rest his Soul. However, I could think of worse ways to die, slowly wasting away in a hospital bed, or having to live after a severe stroke for instance. I would much rather go out doing something that I loved, a warrior.



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