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Old 10-16-2011, 07:00 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I don't follow IndyCar or NASCAR much but for anyone to lose their lives during one of these events is totally unfortunately and tragic. R.I.P. Dan Wheldon. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife and kids, and other family.
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Old 10-16-2011, 07:08 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in Kentucky
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Freaking sad. And I think it was only his third race (?) of the season.
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Old 10-16-2011, 07:08 PM
 
Location: Tulsa, OK
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ABC's coverage made me furious. I am a retired auto racing Chaplain and have been at the track when a driver dies. I understand that a driver never dies at the track. It was obvious to me by observing the reaction of the other drivers, crews and the change in the comments from the announcers that he did not survive. I think ABC & IRL delayed the announcement so they could fill TV time for their sponsors.

My heart and prayers go out to his family.
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Old 10-16-2011, 07:25 PM
 
Location: Upstate
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My thoughts and prayers are with Dan's family and his fellow teammates, owners and rivals. No one ever wants to see a crash like that. My hat's off to all drivers such in Indy and NASCAR who risk their lives for this spectator sport. I realize that those men and women drive because they love to do it even though thy understand that the risks are great.
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Old 10-16-2011, 07:37 PM
 
Location: Baltimore
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ABC's coverage made me furious. I am a retired auto racing Chaplain and have been at the track when a driver dies. I understand that a driver never dies at the track. It was obvious to me by observing the reaction of the other drivers, crews and the change in the comments from the announcers that he did not survive. I think ABC & IRL delayed the announcement so they could fill TV time for their sponsors.

My heart and prayers go out to his family.

I am part of the IndyCar TV crew, specifically I work with the company that does the in car cameras and was operating Wheldon, Franchitti and Power's cameras during the accident.

I can say with complete assurance that what you have said was absolutely not the case. There was no information for the network to share, even going so far as to send Jaime Little to the hospital and report via cell phone. When we saw the driver's reactions, that is when we realized what had happened and there was some kind of miscommunication in letting the TV crew know that Randy Bernard was making the announcement. There is an unwritten rule that you do not, ever speculate during these types of accidents which makes the broadcast look more reactionary when information does become available.

We are all absolutely aghast at what happened. Dan Wheldon was just such a great person to be around and his love of racing will never be forgotten.
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Old 10-16-2011, 07:58 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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R.I.P. I flipped into the channel after the accident, watched as the reactions were being shown, but actually had to go to You-tube to get the video so I could see what the fuss was about. Odd, but respectful not to do a continuous loop. What I found MORE odd was the local station not mentioning it in major news and only mentioning it sports news AFTER the football news. We live in a weird world.
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Old 10-16-2011, 08:14 PM
 
Location: Charlotte
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Sad day in motorsports.
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Old 10-16-2011, 08:17 PM
 
Location: Englewood, Near Eastside Indy
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ABC's coverage made me furious. I am a retired auto racing Chaplain and have been at the track when a driver dies. I understand that a driver never dies at the track. It was obvious to me by observing the reaction of the other drivers, crews and the change in the comments from the announcers that he did not survive. I think ABC & IRL delayed the announcement so they could fill TV time for their sponsors.
This is ridiculous to make an assertion like this.
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Old 10-16-2011, 08:48 PM
 
Location: Indianapolis
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ABC's coverage made me furious. I am a retired auto racing Chaplain and have been at the track when a driver dies. I understand that a driver never dies at the track. It was obvious to me by observing the reaction of the other drivers, crews and the change in the comments from the announcers that he did not survive. I think ABC & IRL delayed the announcement so they could fill TV time for their sponsors.
100% incorrect. ABC's coverage was actually very considerate. It had nothing to do with sponsors. They are a network that has been very criticized for their coverage of Indy Car but I thought they nailed it today.
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Old 10-16-2011, 08:52 PM
 
Location: Indianapolis
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I met Dan at Indy in 2005, the year he won it for the first time. He was very outgoing and always made time for the fans.

This whole situation is very sad. He was a great ambassador for the sport and he will definitely be missed, especially at Indy. I'm proud to say I saw both of his wins in person. He was a great driver and an even better person.
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