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Breaking: Dan Wheldon has died.....
October 15th, 2011

Posted on 10/16/2011 3:11:34 PM PDT by TaraP

Breaking on CNN


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: chat; indy; indyracing; racing; sports; vanity; wheldon
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1 posted on 10/16/2011 3:11:38 PM PDT by TaraP
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To: TaraP

Oh wow, I heard about the crash but haven’t seen it yet. Very sad.


2 posted on 10/16/2011 3:13:12 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: TaraP

I knew it. Dang. Prayers


3 posted on 10/16/2011 3:13:35 PM PDT by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11)
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To: All

IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon dies in wreck

LAS VEGAS — IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon has died from injuries after his car went sailing through the air during a massive 15-car wreck early in Sunday’s Las Vegas Indy 300.

http://www.ajc.com/sports/indycar-driver-dan-wheldon-1202315.html


4 posted on 10/16/2011 3:13:52 PM PDT by TaraP (An APPEASER is one who feeds a crocodile - hoping it will eat him last)
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To: TaraP

Who is Dan Wheldon?


5 posted on 10/16/2011 3:14:26 PM PDT by freejohn ("Never argue with a fool; onlookers may not be able to tell the difference." --- Mark Twain)
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To: TaraP

I didn’t even know who he was but happened to turn the TV on and saw the live coverage of the race, actually after the race had been cancelled.

I was struck by just how clearly the other drivers are saddened.


6 posted on 10/16/2011 3:15:17 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: mnehring
crash footage here ...
7 posted on 10/16/2011 3:15:53 PM PDT by Baynative (The penalty for not participating in politics is you will be governed by your inferiors.)
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To: freejohn

He won two Indy 500 races, this year he won it. British Indy car racer.


8 posted on 10/16/2011 3:17:12 PM PDT by Perdogg
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To: TaraP

RIP Dan Wheldon!!!


9 posted on 10/16/2011 3:17:43 PM PDT by Halls (Jesus is my Lord and Savior)
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To: TaraP

Wow, I’m always surprised when I see these horrible track crashes, and the drivers are not injured..I’m sorry, Dan W wasn’t so lucky.

RIP, Dan.


10 posted on 10/16/2011 3:17:43 PM PDT by sockmonkey (Freepers, please turn yourself in at attackwatch.com)
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To: Baynative

Horrible Crash!

Not sure how the other’s are doing yet.....


11 posted on 10/16/2011 3:18:42 PM PDT by TaraP (An APPEASER is one who feeds a crocodile - hoping it will eat him last)
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To: TaraP

I just heard... very sad!


12 posted on 10/16/2011 3:18:42 PM PDT by Randy Larsen (I Stand With Cain!)
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To: TaraP

Now there’ll be endless replays of the accident by the morbid media.


13 posted on 10/16/2011 3:19:03 PM PDT by SkyDancer (Talent Without Ambition Is Sad, Ambition Without Talent Is Worse.)
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To: TaraP

I thought “breaking” was supposed to a racist term?

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14 posted on 10/16/2011 3:20:46 PM PDT by bobk333
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To: TaraP

Wow! Watching. RIP Dan Weldon! 5 lap tribute to Dan Weldon....


15 posted on 10/16/2011 3:21:21 PM PDT by Bushbacker1 (I miss President Bush greatly! Palin in 2012! 2012 - The End Of An Error! (Oathkeeper))
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To: ColdOne

As one who is active in racing, God’s speed our friend and our prayers to your family and friends. We will miss you in the seasons to come but will see you again when we are eventually called home.


16 posted on 10/16/2011 3:21:31 PM PDT by mazda77 (and I am a Native Texan)
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To: SkyDancer

” Now there’ll be endless replays of the accident by the morbid media. “

Followed immediately by time-wasting Congressional hearings, and DEMANDS for a “Motor Racing Safety Act”....

“Cradle-to-Grave” is our motto....


17 posted on 10/16/2011 3:22:26 PM PDT by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: sockmonkey

I am not one to follow, but are the risks at such high speeds really worth it? Just like air shows?
It is all entertainment, but is this a more riskier form of spectator sport for the participant?


18 posted on 10/16/2011 3:23:02 PM PDT by SMGFan
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To: bobk333
I thought “breaking” was supposed to a racist term?

Some comments at a time like this, are classless and uncalled for.

19 posted on 10/16/2011 3:23:25 PM PDT by Bushbacker1 (I miss President Bush greatly! Palin in 2012! 2012 - The End Of An Error! (Oathkeeper))
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To: TaraP

20 posted on 10/16/2011 3:25:17 PM PDT by drewh
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watched the whole thing...big open wheel/Indy fan and today was suppose to be an exciting day...terrible crash- smacked the catch fence and the back sheared off...he was a good guy- broken down in victory lane after winning the Indy 500 for his mom who is suffering from Alzheimer..Wheldon drove the National Guard car in Indy for years and was always complimenting our troops...very, very, sad...


21 posted on 10/16/2011 3:25:57 PM PDT by God luvs America (63.5million pay no federal income tax then vote demoKrat)
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To: drewh

Beautiful Photo..

Prayers to his wife and children...

May GOD ease there pain with his grace and love....


22 posted on 10/16/2011 3:27:10 PM PDT by TaraP (An APPEASER is one who feeds a crocodile - hoping it will eat him last)
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To: TaraP

racers doing a five lap salute for Wheldon...bagpipes playing in the background...

very sad...


23 posted on 10/16/2011 3:29:25 PM PDT by God luvs America (63.5million pay no federal income tax then vote demoKrat)
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To: Baynative

Yahoo has actual ABC footage... don’t bather with youtube crap.


24 posted on 10/16/2011 3:29:59 PM PDT by Keith in Iowa (Hope & Change - I'm out of hope, and change is all I have left every week | FR Class of 1998 |)
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To: TaraP

RIP and prayers for his loved ones.


25 posted on 10/16/2011 3:29:59 PM PDT by TwelveOfTwenty (Compassionate Conservatism? Promoting self reliance is compassionate. Promoting dependency is not.)
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To: TaraP

Amen! Lovely tribute right now with the cars and the bagpipes.


26 posted on 10/16/2011 3:29:59 PM PDT by Abigail Adams
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To: TaraP

Later AP thread:

“IndyCar is very sad to announce that Dan Wheldon has passed away from unsurvivable injuries,” IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard said.


27 posted on 10/16/2011 3:30:36 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: Abigail Adams

A very close relative is an Indycar official. As a matter of fact, I just saw him on TV. This will be devastating for the whole community. I’m not sure how much longer Indycar can survive. I thought this even before the crash today.


28 posted on 10/16/2011 3:33:55 PM PDT by thesharkboy (<-- looking for the silver lining)
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To: TaraP

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/motor/indycar/story/2011-10-15/Dan-Wheldon-frustrated-with-car-in-Las-Vegas/50786654/1

Driver blog: Dan Wheldon frustrated with car in Las Vegas


29 posted on 10/16/2011 3:36:05 PM PDT by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11)
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Did anyone notice the tough looking driver, sort of looked Italian to me, sitting in his car prior to the 5 lap tribute?

The guy was crying so bad I wondered if he would be able to drive.


30 posted on 10/16/2011 3:36:05 PM PDT by yarddog
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31 posted on 10/16/2011 3:36:48 PM PDT by God luvs America (63.5million pay no federal income tax then vote demoKrat)
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To: mazda77; God luvs America

It is sad to learn of the loss of a young life. I understand the need for expression, but this five lap tribute is not doing much for me. I think they should have lined up the cars for the ceremonial laps and left the pole position vacant as a missing man tribute.


32 posted on 10/16/2011 3:37:26 PM PDT by Baynative (The penalty for not participating in politics is you will be governed by your inferiors.)
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To: yarddog

that was Dario Franchitti- he’s from Scotland and married to Ashley Judd...


33 posted on 10/16/2011 3:37:47 PM PDT by God luvs America (63.5million pay no federal income tax then vote demoKrat)
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To: SMGFan

“I am not one to follow, but are the risks at such high speeds really worth it?”

Nah. We should ban it. We should ban anything where anybody might get hurt. /S

Why don’t you just stay home and hide under your covers.

The rest of us will decide for ourselves what risks we are willing to take.


34 posted on 10/16/2011 3:37:54 PM PDT by Nik Naym (It's not my fault... I have compulsive smartass disorder.)
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To: Uncle Ike

Right - they’ll make them start closer to the finish, reduce speeds to 70mph and no switching lanes.


35 posted on 10/16/2011 3:38:12 PM PDT by SkyDancer (Talent Without Ambition Is Sad, Ambition Without Talent Is Worse.)
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To: thesharkboy

I only occasionally watch Indy racing. I usually watch NASCAR. The Indy cars always make me nervous because they aren’t as “crashable” as the NASCAR cars, if you know what I mean. I’m very sorry your close relative will be dealing with this tragic loss, along with the whole community. Prayers for all.


36 posted on 10/16/2011 3:39:41 PM PDT by Abigail Adams
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To: yarddog
I think that was Dario Franchitti


37 posted on 10/16/2011 3:40:07 PM PDT by Baynative (The penalty for not participating in politics is you will be governed by your inferiors.)
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To: Baynative

i agree- this is really a big blow for IndyCar...they put a lot of effort and resources into this- packages to fly to Vegas, etc...Wheldon was racing for $5million today as he had not been a regular in the series...the loss of Wheldon aside (which i realize is impossible) this is a major blow for the IRL...


38 posted on 10/16/2011 3:40:33 PM PDT by God luvs America (63.5million pay no federal income tax then vote demoKrat)
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To: mnehring
Oh wow, I heard about the crash but haven’t seen it yet. Very sad.

I got the HD video card working in my PC just seconds before. Real bad time to tune in.

39 posted on 10/16/2011 3:41:04 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture (Could be worst in 40 years))
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To: yarddog

That was Scotsman Dario Franchitti, husband of Ashley Judd.


40 posted on 10/16/2011 3:41:27 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: TaraP

So unfortunate. RIP Dan Wheldon.


41 posted on 10/16/2011 3:41:56 PM PDT by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: Baynative

Is this event still on TV now??


42 posted on 10/16/2011 3:43:11 PM PDT by Beaten Valve
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To: SkyDancer

It doesn’t necessarily mean that the media is morbid. Not everyone was watching and there will be some that will want to see the crash. Fans and drivers in other motor sports. That can’t be helped. They spoke of the catch fence causing a lot of damage. The video will probably be watched by some to see how to improve that.


43 posted on 10/16/2011 3:43:48 PM PDT by Netizen (Path to citizenship = Scamnesty. If you give it away, more will come. Who's pilfering your wallet?)
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To: bobk333

Some people have no class.


44 posted on 10/16/2011 3:44:04 PM PDT by NELSON111
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To: freejohn

Indy race car driver. Very, very nice guy with two little kids.


45 posted on 10/16/2011 3:45:11 PM PDT by Reagan69 (I supported Sarah Palin and all I got was a lousy DVD !)
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To: Baynative

Yes, that is the guy.

Were they by chance on the same team?


46 posted on 10/16/2011 3:45:13 PM PDT by yarddog
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Can you correct his name spelling in the title. Thanks


47 posted on 10/16/2011 3:45:24 PM PDT by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: Baynative

God,awful to watch.

RIP Mr. Weldon


48 posted on 10/16/2011 3:45:31 PM PDT by Mears (I can't take anymore of this.)
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To: SMGFan
I am not one to follow, but are the risks at such high speeds really worth it? Just like air shows? It is all entertainment, but is this a more riskier form of spectator sport for the participant?

50-100 high school athletes die every year in the United States. Sadly, these things happen.

49 posted on 10/16/2011 3:45:53 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: Beaten Valve

No they ended the race and did the 5 laps and returned to regular programming.


50 posted on 10/16/2011 3:49:33 PM PDT by Netizen (Path to citizenship = Scamnesty. If you give it away, more will come. Who's pilfering your wallet?)
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