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      10-16-2011, 07:49 PM   #1
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Terrible Crash today in the Las Vegas Indy 300

British IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon died from injuries sustained in an horrific crash at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday. Dan Wheldon 33 lived in St. Petersburg, Florida, was involved in the horrific multi-car at the Las Vegas Indy 300, which sent his vehicle flying.

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holy sh**....i had read about an accident but didn't realize how bad/fatal it was.
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RIP Dan Wheldon. Tragic!
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I watched this today..horrific crash one of the worst I can remember in Indy car history..tragic.
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RIP.

Worst I've ever seen for sure.

The fact that only one was killed and two minorly injured is a fucking miracle.
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It's a miracle it wasn't worse indeed. Thirty four cars at 225+ MPH flat out on a freaking track designed for Nascar almost HALF THE SIZE of Indy500 was an accident waiting to happen.

For starters, those cars, just like F1 (which have much more downforce), shouldn't exceed 200 mph IMO, especially on an oval track with banked turns. I see some heads rolling over this. And/or some changes too. RIP DW.
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It's a miracle it wasn't worse indeed. Thirty four cars at 225+ MPH flat out on a freaking track designed for Nascar almost HALF THE SIZE of Indy500 was an accident waiting to happen.

For starters, those cars, just like F1 (which have much more downforce), shouldn't exceed 200 mph IMO, especially on an oval track with banked turns. I see some heads rolling over this. And/or some changes too. RIP DW.
Too many cars if you ask me for this type of race and this type of speed ... As you said "accident waiting to happen"

Too sad ... so very young ... RIP DW
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First word that came to mind while watching was "Tragedy". Someone wasn't surviving that crash. Jimmie Johnson's comments from yesterday were spot on.

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Johnson said he believes the IndyCar cars are built for street circuits and road courses, and drive too fast to race on ovals. He says the car is not built to withstand the bumping that occurs on ovals.

"I wouldn't run them on ovals. There's just no need to," Johnson said Monday during a test session at Charlotte Motor Speedway. "Those cars are fantastic for street circuits, for road courses. I hate, hate, hate that this tragedy took place. But hopefully they can learn from it and make those cars safer on ovals somehow.

"I don't know how they can really do it. Myself, I have a lot of friends that race in that series, and I'd just rather see them on street circuits and road courses. No more ovals."

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"Their average was 225? I've never been 225 mph in my life -- and that's their average around an oval. They are brave men and women that drive those things," Johnson said. "There's very little crumple zone around the driver, it's an open cockpit and then you add open wheels -- it's just creating situations to get the car off the ground at a high rate of speed. And you can't control the car when it's off the ground."
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