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R.I.P. Dan Wheldon


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#25 Mvp2014

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Posted 17 October 2011 - 09:03 AM

Horrible, horrific, crash. My prayers go out for his family.

Amazing how dangerous those open cars are. I remember when Ayrton Senna died in a wreck, he was my favorite when I was a kid.

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Posted 17 October 2011 - 09:11 AM

After seeing this thread last night, I got on youtube and watched all the videos... horrible, horrible wreck.

One thing I really haven't heard is about the other drivers involved... anyone else get hurt?

There's no way to make motor sports completely safe, but they really do need to change these open wheel cars. Way too dangerous...


Will Power, JR Hildebrand and Pippa Mann were all hospitalized but nothing serious I don't believe. Power was released, Hildebrand stayed overnight for evaluation and Pippa had burns to her hand I believe.

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Posted 17 October 2011 - 10:47 AM

I guess open wheels should stick to road tracks and stay off the ovals. Road races are much more interesting anyways.

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Posted 17 October 2011 - 02:49 PM

they should at least put some kind of cage above these guys head, so easy for some debris to hit them square in the face.

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Posted 17 October 2011 - 03:05 PM



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Posted 17 October 2011 - 03:11 PM



That too. So cages aren't a bad idea, but I think open wheels should be banned from ovals, or they should do like Nascar and have restrictor plates implemented to slow them down significantly.

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Posted 17 October 2011 - 08:08 PM

Im hearing rumors that the westboro baptist church will be picketing Dans funeral ... what a bunch of scum bags.

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Posted 17 October 2011 - 10:17 PM

Im hearing rumors that the westboro baptist church will be picketing Dans funeral ... what a bunch of scum bags.


Seriously, or is this sarcasm? If so, what the f*ck does a guy dying in a tragic accident have anything to do with their anti-everything views?

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Posted 17 October 2011 - 11:48 PM

open wheel cars are death traps, seems that something like this happens at least every other year. the sport should be suspended until they get it fixed. getting rid of open cockpits would be a good start.



This certainly was a tragedy, but suspending open wheel racing is ludicris. (And I don't mean the singer.)

NHRA Top Fuel Dragsters are open cockpit and hit speeds of 300MPH in a 1/4 mile!

When you are pushing the edge of a machines endurnace, whether it's Indy Car Racing, F1, NASCAR, NHRA/IHRA, even off shore power boats, things can go wrong in an blink of an eye. I have been an advocate for a while of putting a F-16 type canopy over the Indy Car drivers. Very doubtful that it would slow the cars down, might even speed them up!

Racing is a dangerous sport, there's no doubt about it. But the Indy Cars of today are safer than they ever have been.

Watch at your own risk! A tribute to racers who dies doing what they loved to do best.

Edited by sports talk, 18 October 2011 - 12:56 AM.


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Posted 18 October 2011 - 01:11 AM

Theyre safer than they ever have been? Thats great. People are still dying. No deaths in nascar since dale sr. Safe walls,totally new cars and hans are all a result of that. Hell, johnsons crash saturday night was way worse than what killed sr and he said "it stung a little". There have been a multitude of crashes that were worse. No dead drivers.



Safer than ever isnt an excuse when people are dead. When your head is poking out of the top of a maching going 220 mph bad things can happen. Top fuel is actually worse, they have so much torque and speed in such a short time any accident has the potential to be catastrophic.

Edited by cptx, 18 October 2011 - 01:15 AM.


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Posted 18 October 2011 - 02:00 AM

I think IndyCar should stay off ovals. I know the Indy 500 is still the iconic American motorrace, but they could use the infield at Indy instead, like Formula 1 used to do. Open wheels should not be going around ovals at the speeds they do. Keep them on road courses.

Kubica in Canada a few years ago reminded me of Wheldon's wreck, just because the cars looked so similar afterwards. The difference is Robert raced again a few weeks later, while Dan doesn't have that chance. It's sad really.

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Posted 18 October 2011 - 09:03 AM

This may sound stupid, but wouldn't some kind of bumper on the back, covering the back of the open wheels prevent cars from flying up and over one another?

The wheels would still be technically "open", you just wouldn't have as likely an airborne situation, which seems to me to be a huge issue.

Once they are airborne, they can't do anything but hope they don't end up dead.

Just my very uneducated opinion. Perhaps the purists would take issue.