Fellow racers and fans were shocked and saddened by Wheldons’ untimely death. His death is reminiscent of the passing of another famous racer, Dale Earnhardt, who died during a NASCAR race in 2001.
An autopsy performed on Weldon showed that he died from head injuries(blunt force trauma)when his vehicle went airborne ejecting the cockpit into the crash fence.
After the tragedy, there has been intense debate on whether the spectacular crash in Las Vegas could have been averted. NASCAR champ Jimmy Johnson says that Indy cars should not be racing on ovals. ” I wouldn’t run them on ovals. There’s just no need to. Those cars are fantastic for street circuits, for road courses, etc.”said Johnson.
There is no doubt that Indy Car and NASCAR will make significant improvements on vehicles and equipment to further reduce the risk of serious injury or death. Wheldon’s death serves as a chilling reminder just how dangerous race car driving is. Our hearts and prayers go out to Dan Wheldon’s family and friends.
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