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I can't stand it. Really, really doesn't sound good.
Drovers called for meeting a minute ago. Might be about restart or lack of, might be news on Wheldon. And if it is the latter, it's not going to be a good thing.
Feel so sick.
At least three cars literally fly into the barrier.
I hate this. Please, please don't say it.
A couple of reports that get my hopes up followed by a few that dash them.
I hate the internet sometimes. I wish I could just stay away and wait for news to be released properly.
You choose not to. Just wait for some proper news on the poor guy.
That's why I said "I wish I could". If I don't do this I'm going to feel even worse.
Seriously, can you not have a go at me right now? Not exactly great timing for it.
Don't know if someone manipulated a RT or what. Can't find it now.
my bad for believing everything on twitter. Should know better
Guess I should stay away from here too.
I can't. I really can't.
is very alarming/ completely mental.
it's absolutely crazy how one car just ploughs into the back of the pack, didn't even try to slow down or get out of the way. Wheldon crash on the replay is absolutely shocking. Can't tell in which part of the car he was in, if he was still in it at all, after it hits the wall :( Fucking hell.
makes me wonder why anyone puts up with your trolling
Don't really see how you can take anything from this other than the worst.
I wish I could though.
the first crash from the two cars on the right side is bad enough, and then the way the ones in the middle come together :'(
Fuck. Oh God no.
Not a lot more you can say.
His talent was probably wasted in IndyCar. I've said it up there, but seeing those cars bursting into flames like that is fucking awful.
in terms of safety
can someone explain why this doesn't happen in every single race? It looks mental, there's about 30 cars in 25 metres of road.
this circuit was really unsuitable for it in the first place
big ones, and there's been four deaths in the series now since Imola '94, although this is the first in a race.
As it goes, it's actually *relatively* safe (many of the same safety features as F1, although I suspect not as tough on crash tests), but the nature of ovals means you're basically flat out all the time, and with 30-40 cars on a shortish track, you're bound to get close racing, especially just 13 laps in - compare to 26 F1 cars, spread out over a wider time gap (1:20 a lap as opposed to < 40 seconds). When two cars touch at speed like that, the impact is always going to be worse than when it's at a corner in F1 (lower speeds).
Joe Saward (v good F1 journo) wrote a good piece around it all last night: http://joesaward.wordpress.com/2011/10/17/the-day-after/
was shocked to read about it a few minutes ago. RIP.
this is truly truly awful. Horrible pictures and videos. Hopefully some form of safety reform can bring a little good out of this, much like Senna's death. RIP.
Poor guy. Poor family of his.
A lot of credit has to be given to F1 for how they have improved the safety levels. As for American racing, I think it's miraculous that only 1 person dies out of such a crash - but the idea of such a large collection of cars racing near to each other on a cambered track is intrinsically overly dangerous. One of the sad truths of American racing is that people do tune in/watch with the expectation of seeing a crash or two during the racing.
I don't follow US racing (so i defo stand to be corrected), but instinct tells me that stock cars (~aka touring cars, over here) aren't as susceptible to that kind of clusterfsck cos they're more likely to just bounce off of each other and slide along the track rather than ping up into the air (although, obviously, fatalities do occur).
was no one else seriously hurt? Miraculous if so.
horrific footage too, learnt of this through button n webbers tweets
excellent pocketmouse freakout in this thread mind, we should compile them and release a christmas book