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IndyCar moves forwards with investigation

25 October 2011

IndyCar CEO Randy Bernhard says the series is moving forwards with its investigation into the accident that claimed the life of Dan Wheldon in the season finale at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The double Indy 500 winner was killed in a 15-car accident in the early stages of the race while a number of other drivers – including Will Power and Pippa Mann – sustained injuries that required hospital treatment.

Power had since been diagnosed with a compression fracture in his back, while Mann is due to undergo surgery to rebuild the right side of her right hand, which was damaged in the incident.

The first phase of the investigation into the accident is already underway, with an internal IndyCar team looking at data from accident data recorders fitted to all 15 cars involved in the accident.

Analysis of that data as well as a detailed look at personal safety equipment, analysis of video footage and photos, and reports from safety crews who attended the scene.

Phase two of the investigation will then utilise the information learned in phase one to minimise risks in the future.

"We must continue to move forward with a thorough investigation," Bernhard said. "Fortunately, that has already begun, and we have the protocols in place to get this done.

“This was a tragic accident, and IndyCar needs to understand everything possible about it."


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