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mourning the loss of dan wheldon

The truth is that I really don’t want to write this entry. I wish that this wasn’t necessary. I don’t know that I have anything more to add to the posts and articles that have and will come in the time since Dan Wheldon’s death. Just writing that doesn’t even seem real to me. I can’t believe he’s gone. He should be here. When I saw the crash today, it was the worst racing accident I’d ever seen to date. I had a feeling that someone might not make it through it but I didn’t want to believe that. Everyone had to be OK, everyone had to make it through and maybe it wasn’t as bad as it seemed, but that wasn’t the case.

I never met or interviewed Dan Wheldon but the loss of him is almost too much to bear. He was basically a stranger to me but it doesn’t make it any less sad & devastating when he had so much more life left to lead. Knowing that his two precious sons will be without him breaks my heart. From what I did know of him he truly loved to race, you could tell that much from how he talked about it from the announcer’s booth in his brief stint as a racing commentator for Versus.

I will remember him as someone that had the great fortune to live out his dreams and became a Champion in the process.

My deepest sympathies and condolences go out to his family, his friends and everyone who knew & loved him within the IndyCar community.


In Memory of Dan Wheldon

Crews line up on pit road to pay tribute to Dan Wheldon at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Crews line up on pit road to pay tribute to Dan Wheldon at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Fans created a memorial at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Fans create a memorial at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Dan Wheldon celebrated his second Indianapolis 500 win earlier this year

Dan Wheldon celebrated his second Indianapolis 500 win earlier this year

Dan Wheldon lays down on the finish line

Dan Wheldon reveled in the moment of his 2011 Indy 500 win.

My favorite Dan Wheldon photo that I took in 2008 at Infineon Raceway

1 Comment

  1. Margaret Hempstead
    November 2, 2011 at 9:01 PM ·

    The trace track in Las Vegas was 60% shorter than most other tracks, for 50% of the cars to wreck there obviously is a problem with the venue.

    My prayers go out to Susie Wheldon, and Dan’s father and brothers. May grace abound all around them, may they find peace in the midst of a storm. May they embrace a new beginning, with peace and joy.