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Could IndyCar tragedy have been prevented?Posted Monday, October 17, 2011, at 12:18 PM
The graphic images of the crash which took IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon on Sunday at Las Vegas show one aspect, in particular, that is less seen in NASCAR.
The number of cars flying through the air is unbelievable. We've seen cars go airborne in NASCAR but not to such an extent. Check out the Las Vegas Sun's website (I'm not directly linking because one Las Vegas paper has had some issues about outside links) for a close-up series of photos showing the crash better than any TV images I've seen.
Some of the drivers were quoted as saying that track was too short and had too many cars (34) entered and they expected a crash.
Race drivers realize the dangers they face and I'm not one to suggest any bans or clampdowns on racing. But something's wrong if IndyCars are that prone to go airborne.
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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