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bangkokbobby 10-16-2011 08:33 PM

Dan Wheldon Dies In Horrific Crash
 
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There are no words to comfort family, friends and fans of reigning Indianapolis 500 champion Dan Wheldon, who died today in a terrible crash at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. I hope they can find comfort in each other and the memory of Dan.



Danica Patrick consoled after hearing of Dan's passing.
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Ashley Judd consoled.
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MarinePaul 10-16-2011 08:36 PM

A very sad day for Indy cars. I couldn't believe it when I heard the news. May he rest in peace.

LoJo 10-16-2011 09:11 PM

Terrible news. We all know it's a dangerous sport, but it's still shocking when something like this happens. Crashes...yes....fatalities, no.

I think Danica was pretty close to Dan. Must have been such a shock to all the drivers.

Buzzer 10-17-2011 10:54 AM

The story said some of the drivers were concerned at the size of the field.
Seems to me that 34 200mph+ cars racing on a closed track was negligence on the part of those in charge of the race.
Racing three qualifying heats of 11, 11 and 12 to get into a final of 11 cars seems a bit more prudent and lots safer. There would still be good racing; safer racing; and a young man would not be going home to his wife and two small children in a box.
Just my opinion.

Viva Life

dangerbob 10-17-2011 01:06 PM

If you chose a dangerous profession, you should be ready for its consequences. I watched the coverage of the race on ABC(switching between the Dallas/Patriot game) and I understand he started in the 34th place(last) and if he won the race, he would have gotten five million dollars and a fan will get 2.5 million. The accident happened in the 13th lap and by that time he already overtook 8 cars. He must be driving real fast. I don't know if he caused the accident, but out of the 15 cars involved in the crash he got the worst of it. It happened in front of Danica Patrick, but she was low...so she was able to avoid the accident and just went through it without any damage to her car.
But like I said, it's a dangerous profession and if you chose that kind of job for a living, your life is always on the line. May he rest in peace and my condelences to his family.
But I have more admiration to those young men and women in the military who lost their lives defending our country, but hardly recognized.

heddwyn 10-17-2011 03:00 PM

Horrific accident, with such a tragic outcome. The more so because Wheldon was actively working with Indy Car to produce a safer vehicle where this very thing might be prevented.

DB, Wheldon didn't cause the accident, it started ahead of him and just multiplied. Danica Patrick was very close to the start of it kind of next to it, but ahead of the wreckage, she admitted to having slowed a fraction and moved to the inside shortly before the incident. They were travelling at 220mph and at those kind of speeds you just don't have time to do too much if something happens in front of you. If it's all over the track there is just nowhere to go.

MarinePaul 10-17-2011 05:40 PM

I agree, heddwyn. I understand what DB is saying, but at that rate of speed, there wasn't much he could do. As you say, he was actively working to prevent exactly the kind of accident that took his life. I feel for his family and friends.

JJfan 10-17-2011 07:22 PM

Rest in peace Danny, you were a true champion and gentleman.

dangerbob 10-17-2011 11:09 PM

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Originally Posted by heddwyn (Post 122195)
Horrific accident, with such a tragic outcome. The more so because Wheldon was actively working with Indy Car to produce a safer vehicle where this very thing might be prevented.

DB, Wheldon didn't cause the accident, it started ahead of him and just multiplied. Danica Patrick was very close to the start of it kind of next to it, but ahead of the wreckage, she admitted to having slowed a fraction and moved to the inside shortly before the incident. They were travelling at 220mph and at those kind of speeds you just don't have time to do too much if something happens in front of you. If it's all over the track there is just nowhere to go.

Danica wasn't ahead of the wreckage. It happened in front of her. If you watch the video below...you'll see her "green" car low and she just went through it. Starting at 2:20 into the video:

Indycar Crash at Las Vegas Speedway 2011 ~ R.I.P. Dan Wheldon - YouTube

heddwyn 10-18-2011 07:17 AM

She was well ahead of the main wreckage, DB, the two which started it were marginally ahead of her and she was alongside when they went to the right across the track.

It's semantics to argue about car lengths, what happened should never have been allowed to happen and someone died as a result.

dangerbob 10-18-2011 10:10 AM

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Originally Posted by heddwyn (Post 122214)
She was well ahead of the main wreckage, DB, the two which started it were marginally ahead of her and she was alongside when they went to the right across the track.

It's semantics to argue about car lengths, what happened should never have been allowed to happen and someone died as a result.

Let me explain this to you one more time: The accident happened ahead of Danica Patrick. But because she was traveling at the speed of 210-230 miles an hour, and the accident slowed down, it looks like she was ahead of the wreckage. She over took it, because her speed was faster than the wreckage itself. It's just like "Thunder and Lightning"...you see the flashes of the lightning first before you hear the sound of thunder...but actually it happens at the same time, except that light travels faster than sound! comprende? :biggrin::ani_beerchug:

heddwyn 10-18-2011 10:47 AM

Then you haven't seen the footage from Patrick's car. The airborne car you see is not Wheldon's, his was the second car to get airborne.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/8...heldon-tragedy

Read what I said, the main shunt was behind her, she had already gone through, it has nothing to do with her speed at that time, and as she said herself she had lifted her foot because she felt the speed wasn't safe. From the footage you yourself posted you can see Patrick's car go through on the inside just after the first two cars clipped each other and as they head across to the outside of the track. The pile up involving Wheldon occurred after that as those two cars came back into the middle of the track.

Of course, you're a man so, of course, you know so much more about these things than a mere woman, so keep believing you are right if it makes you happy.

Whatever way it happened, it shouldn't have and someone died.

dangerbob 10-18-2011 12:48 PM

It has nothing to do with being a man or a woman, but I think we are having a miscommunication. The question is: Did the accident happened in front of Danica Patrick's car or at the back of her car? I say in front. But you are talking about the wreckage, after the accident happened in which as you said, Danica already gone through it. But ask this question: If Danica slammed the brakes and stopped her car as soon as the accident happened, where will all the wreckage would be? The answer is: It will be in front of her car.

The probability of accidents happening in races like the Indy's or NASCAR is greater than driving on the ordinary roads or highways...still many people also die driving on the highways. Like they say, "$hit happens!"

heddwyn 10-18-2011 02:05 PM

Not miscommunication at all, except your first post implied ALL the contact happened in front of Patrick and it didn't. The majority and worst of it happened behind her. As I said before semantics given the outcome.

At least other drivers are now openly saying these cars should not be raced on a circuit such as Las Vegas. I'm sure there'll be a lot more safety aspects built into these cars in the future as a result. Why does it always take a fatality for common sense to prevail.

dangerbob 10-18-2011 03:05 PM

Here's what I said in my first post: . "It happened in front of Danica Patrick, but she was low...so she was able to avoid the accident and just went through it without any damage to her car."

I was talking about the accident itself, and "was" able to avoid the accident because she "went" through it without damage to her car. She was running fast that she missed all the commotions after the original impact. That's all.
Case closed. :ani_beerchug:

BY THE WAY, WHEN I SAID, HAD DANICA SLAMMED THE BRAKES AND STOPPED, I WAS SPEAKING IN A FIGURATIVE SPEECH FOR THE SAKE OF THE ARGUMENT. OTHERWISE IF SHE DID THAT IN REAL LIFE WITH THE SPEED OF MORE THAN 200 MILES/HR. SHE WOULD HAVE CAUSED ANOTHER ACCIDENT OR PROBABLY ENDED UP ON TOP OF THE GRAND STAND.:biggrin:

JJfan 10-18-2011 05:18 PM

I think we can all agree that something needs to be done....I like Judge Buzzers idea of Heat races to qualify for the big race (but only on the banked ovals).

Hopefully the 2012 Dallara chassis (wish I knew how to attach a picture of it, very sporty looking) will be a huge safety improvement for the drivers we all love.

I was lucky enough to meet and talk with Dan Wheldon a few years back at the Richmond track, very nice man.... He will be truly missed.

dangerbob 10-18-2011 10:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JJfan (Post 122242)
I think we can all agree that something needs to be done....I like Judge Buzzers idea of Heat races to qualify for the big race (but only on the banked ovals).

Hopefully the 2012 Dallara chassis (wish I knew how to attach a picture of it, very sporty looking) will be a huge safety improvement for the drivers we all love.

I was lucky enough to meet and talk with Dan Wheldon a few years back at the Richmond track, very nice man.... He will be truly missed.

Here you go, JJfan...

2012 Dallara chassis

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xman5 10-19-2011 10:18 AM

Point of clarity, she was both behind and ahead of the accident. :confused: The accident wasn't a singular event. It is more of an 'incident' then and 'accident'.

The initial contact that started the chain of events was ahead of her. She was able to avoid it. As she passed the initial parts of the incident. Those behind her were not able too and that is where the major part of the incident occured.

I did watch the race in between breaks in the Football game and see a lot of the interviews until they annouced he had died (though just missed the crash live). She was also fortunate to be on the low part of the track. In her interview she said basically it was by her design to be lower on the track at that point in the race becuase there was too much potential for trouble.

The main problem is that the cars are too fast for some of these oval tracks. But that is by design. The have positioned themselves in the racing market as the fastest thing on 4 wheels. The racing was too close at that high a speed. There were way too many cars in the field for the track and because of the size of the field there were too many less experienced drivers and part time drivers. The regular drivers in the field knew it, that is why they had concerns before the race which proved correct.

JJfan 10-19-2011 04:37 PM

Thank you dangerbob.

Just read today Dallara is naming the new designed chassis in honor of Dan Wheldon.
Danny did the majority of track testing for the 2012 Dallara.


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