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Dan Wheldon: 1978-2011

“From all at Marussia Virgin Racing, our heartfelt condolences to Dan Wheldon's family and friends. A tragic loss for them & for motorsport.”

MERCEDES GP:
“On behalf of everyone at the team, our thoughts are with Dan Wheldon's family today. An absolutely tragic loss... RIP Dan.”

MARTIN BRUNDLE:
“It's so sad about Dan Wheldon. Deepest condolences to his wife and young children along with family and friends. This is a cruel sport.”

MARK BLUNDELL:
“RIP Dan Wheldon, my thoughts go to his family, loss of a great young talent and nice guy. Racing can be so cruel at times. RIP Indy500 winner”

ANTHONY DAVIDSON:
“Spent so many races trying to match Daniel as we grew up & raced together. I'm utterly devastated to hear the sad news. Rip Dan X”

ANDY PRIAULX – BMW Motorsport:
"I was so looking forward to catching up with Dan again this weekend in Surfers Paradise. Sadly this tragic accident has robbed us of a true gent, my thoughts, of course, are with Susie, Sebastian, Oliver and the whole family."

RICHARD WESTBROOK:
“I have great memories of Dan Wheldon, especially as a young boy karting. He was so fast, so good, always a champ. RIP.”

GUY SMITH:
“It's not fair it's just not fair ....... I'm so sorry for Dan's family he was a legend and always will be.”

ALLAN MCNISH – Audi:
“Rest in Peace Dan, we will miss you. All my thoughts are with the Wheldon's right now. Sad day.”

TOMMY MILNER:
“So sad... Nothing can prepare you for these days. Thoughts are with Dan's family and friends. As always, these guys leave us way too early. The racing community is one big family and today we lost a great one.”

OLIVER GAVIN:
“Just heard the shocking news from Vegas. RIP Dan Wheldon. Real Champion. Thoughts & prayers with the whole Wheldon family.”

SIMON PAGENAUD:
“All our thoughts & prayers go out to Dan Wheldon's family & all our friends in Las Vegas. Dan rest in peace!”
BRIAN FRANCE – CEO, NASCAR:
“NASCAR offers its deepest sympathies and condolences to the family of Dan Wheldon, his teammates, and the entire IndyCar Series community for their tragic loss today. They will be in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.”

RYAN NEWMAN:
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Dan Weldon. He will be truly missed throughout the racing community.”

JOEY LOGANO:
“Thoughts and prayers go out to Dan Wheldon's family and friends. I got to meet him a couple months ago. Life isn't fair sometimes.”

BRAD KESELOWSKI:
“Nice touch with the 5 lap salute. Kudos to indycar and most importantly the Wheldon family.”

KYLE BUSCH:
“The loss of Dan Wheldon affects the whole racing community. May all our thoughts and prayers be with his family. He will be missed!”

JIMMIE JOHNSON:
“My thoughts and prayers go out to the Wheldon family... My heart hurts for all of the IRL community.”

RYAN WALKINSHAW – Principal, Toll Holden Racing team:



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Dan Wheldon, 2011 Indianapolis 500 champion. [Picture credit: IndyCar Media]
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The confetti flies as Scott Dixon celebrates winning the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
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Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, celebrates his victory Sunday, August 24, 2014, winning the IndyCar race at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California. (Photo by Michael L. Levitt/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, takes the chequered flag Sunday, August 24, 2014 to win the IndyCar race at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California. (Photo by Gregg Ellman/LAT for Chevy Racing)
Scott Dixon, driver of the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet IndyCar V6, races to victory Sunday, August 24, 2014, winning the IndyCar race at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California. (Photo by Russell LaBounty/LAT for Chevy Racing)

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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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