I’m an auto racing fan. All types, really. My formative years were mostly Stock Car oriented, but my horizons have widened since then.
2011 Indy 500 Winner, Dan Wheldon, passed away today, from injuries suffered in an early race multi-car crash. His car went airborne, into the catch fence, which exists to keep debris – and cars – inside the race track and out of the stands. Certainly, the catch fence design will be investigated but, overall, the racing community is probably safer with them than without them.
I’ve nothing profound to say other than this is a very sad day.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Dan Wheldon’s family and his many friends.
The Indy Racing League did exactly the right thing by not continuing the race, instead running the remaining cars behind the pace car, in a 5 lap tribute.
It’s a sad day.