The racing world today and fans mourned the death of Dan Wheldon. The British racer is a two-time Indy 500 Champion and won the last Indy 500 this year. Wheldon was the first driver in Indy history to win the race by leading a single lap.
The rumor in the racing community is that professional drivers had made complaints about the racetrack at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and considered it a death trap. The mixture of a banked track and the maximized performance level of the cars created pack racing. Even Jimmie Johnson of NASCAR fame, made comments about the tragic situation and agrees with other analysts that the drivers complaints need to be heard.
Indy Star reports: Drivers want separation between the cars, and a voice in how to make that happen. “We must have enough time to brake, slow down and see what’s going on without flipping over each other like some circus,” veteran IndyCar driver Tomas Scheckter said Monday. “It was inevitable what happened yesterday. We all knew it was coming at some point.”
An autopsy performed yesterday determined Wheldon died of blunt head trauma. Coroner Michael Murphy said Wheldon died at the Las Vegas hospital where he was taken after the fiery crash.
Dan Wheldon born on June 22, 1978 was only 33 years old. Born under the astrology star sign of Cancer, he was a dedicated family man who left behind his beautiful wife Susie Behm and two sons. Many of his peers had nothing but positive things to say about Wheldon and sadden by the loss of such a great man.
Some find the most ironic part is that Dan Wheldon was the test-driver for the new Indy Cars, scheduled to debut next year. Could his death have been prevented? Dan Wheldon’s funeral is expected to be held later this week. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. Until next time, Cosmic Dude.