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David Melson

Could IndyCar tragedy have been prevented?

Posted Monday, October 17, 2011, at 12:18 PM
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  • The tragedy absolutely could have and should have been avoided. Too much speed, track too short for 34 Indy cars which really aren't built for such banked tracks.

    That $5 million to be awarded to some driver other than a full-time Indy car driver coming from the rear of the pack to win invited trouble with so many inexperienced drivers in the field.

    The list could go on and on. Was it promotor-generated tragedy?

    -- Posted by bomelson on Mon, Oct 17, 2011, at 3:09 PM
  • I agree with Bo that the $5 million incentive (that Weldon qualified for)was just asking for disaster. Weldon being back in the pack was trying to get to the front as soon as possible to win for his partner. He was a good driver and I do not think he ordinarily would have been pushing that hard that early in the race otherwise. The start of the wreck was not his fault but his speed got him into it in a hurry.

    -- Posted by leeiii on Mon, Oct 17, 2011, at 5:03 PM
  • An article in the Tennesseean pointed out that speeds of up to 225 mph were recorded during qualifying. That's way to fast for that particular track and way too many cars in the field. That wreck was absolutely horrific.

    -- Posted by Tim Lokey on Tue, Oct 18, 2011, at 8:16 AM
  • It is a tragedy anytime someone is killed, but the sport is called racing not driving. He and all the other drivers were aware that death is a possibility any time they are on the track. On the other hand hundreds are killed daily in auto accidents in which no racing is involved. So do we slow down or limit the number of cars on the road.

    -- Posted by Jigs on Wed, Oct 19, 2011, at 1:15 PM
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