Indy Car Dan Wheldon’s Passing

IRL Loses a Champ

In 2008 Maureen and I, with friends went to the Indy Racing League race at Kansas Speedway. One of the couples I had met while working for I-70 Speedway, in Odessa, Missouri. We had seen dozens of races together, but this was Maureen’s first race. It was exciting to watch, “too exciting.”

My first expression for the action, after the race started,

death defying.”

Dan Wheldon, an Englishman, was Maureen pick, mine, the Aussie, Scott Dixon. On that day, Maureen’s man won. From time to time we would watch IRL on tv and discussed returning to KS Speedway, but never did.

Before the race started, I remarked that Las Vegas was too fast for Indy Cars. They qualified at over 220 mph. Aerodynamics of racing have shown that cars over 200 mph can go airborne. Nascar faces that issue at Talladega and Daytona where speeds approach or exceed 200 mph for more than a few seconds. The light weight Indy cars can become missiles in a split second, as we saw yesterday.

Dan Wheldon, from media coverage, was a class guy. History shows he was a winner in motor racing. He was a former champ of IRL series, and won the Indy 500 twice. His death shocked Maureen and I. We had grown fond of him, as a racer, since our visit to KS Speedway. We will miss seeing him race and express our condolences to his family. That statement lacks sentiment, in my opinion, but, it’s the best we can do.

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