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Dan Wheldon Fatal Crash: Live, Replays, and Announcement (HD)

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Dan Wheldon died today, October 16, 2011, after this hard wreck at Las Vegas Motorspeedway. They ended the race after a 2-hour red flag and held a 5 lap tribute after the announcement in honor of...

its terrible, its awful .. lets watch it again .. and again .. and another angle .. oh its terrible .. so sad, here's another angle .. what a bunch...
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after the first crash, you can see someone on the low side/midd, not paying attention and suddenly overreacts, turning inward hitting the others and sending that one guy flying.... and causing at least 4-5 more cars to be involved in major accident
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+Josh Armour You're right. This was a pretty manageable accident until that guy suddenly swerved hard to the left. That threw Weldon and a few other guys for a loop. Guy should have just slowed and straightened out more.
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Ok, whose idea was it to make them race at LAS VEGAS?
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The thing is, I live there
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Still don't understand why they keep using these kind of fences that act like grinders when a car hits them at high speeds…
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+TURST67 Because they do their job for keeping NASCAR cars on the track, and LVMS was built for NASCAR in 1998.
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God, as much as I LOVE racing, I hate it at the same time. I hate it because some of the fans are just plain pricks, and I also hate the days when a driver passes away.
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0:12 only about a second later and hes dead. Amazing how life can end just like that.
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Imagine that, Paul Tracy was involved, albeit not his fault. Tracy was one of the most aggressive and dangerous drivers ever to strap on an Indy Car. Ego driven with little common sense which is the reason he was snuffed by F1 at the height of his career. Canadian racing fan here and am glad to see Tracy done with.
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This is all about greed...more cars higher= chance of crash= more viewers and higher advertising revenue. The drivers could have refused to drive but didn't because of $$$. There needs to be a limit on how many cars can race.
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Or.... it's maybe because driver from other countries compete in the Indy 500 more then other races.
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If indy had car safety regulations and technology on par with F1 this would have never happened, at least in that no one would have died.
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Ughh i hate my life can someody tell me when this happend?? My biryhday is on october 16
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This is like pod racing or something.. crazy shit happens fast.
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I watched this happen I balled my eyes out :( R.I.P Dan you will be missed
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That's what you get racing around in a bathtub with no way to escape... I prefer F1.
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3:37 Horrible accident everybody hoped would never occur? Nonsense. This was entertainment. Subconsciously, everyone wants this sort of incident to happen. No offense, of course; it's simply the truth. 
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Yea but ideally we'd like it to happen in the video game sense where no one gets hurt and we can start over.
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+Johny Diala This is not entertainment, racing is entertainment.
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Where money is involved life comes second.
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Let's be truthful. The whole purpose of lap races (indy, nascar, whatever) is to see a lot of cars crash and pilots die. There is no real test for tech, team and driver skill here. Pure spectacular.
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Could you awful fucks not done something decent? Not asking much. Piss poor driving robbed us
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"Suddenly you were gone... From all the lives You left your mark upon..." We still miss you, Dan. Every single day.
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As a European, I feel the need to ask.. Is this yet another unfortunate incident or have any measures taken place? IMHO a fence does not belong in a racing event.
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I was at this race and I had nightmares for the next MONTH. A year later I watch it again only to find out that Wheldon was in the midst of developing a safer car before he died. That made me bawl again. It hurts when someone dies, but it's worse when they die while trying to do something like this.
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Did they release the footage from Dans car? I can understand if they didn't.
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+jekanyika yes.. his was the verizon one, where the head camera completely catches on fire!
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Anthony that was will power not Wheldon, they have never released the footage of Sheldon's crash on in car footage
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A brit killed in a pointless, stupid and frankly boring sport ... America can fuck off and die.
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+Musicarma as an American that watches Formula 1. Indy really is there to allow your career to die slower
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This is horribe my thoughts and prays go to dan and his family he is in indy car heaven hope you rest in peace hope you are safe and my thoughts go to dan and his wife and little boys i hope that someday we will see him in heaven one day
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Why do they do the back and forth steering thing during the start up?  Brave people who do this for a living.  RIP Dan Wheldon
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+Denis Bergin they do that to warm the tires. better grip with hotter rubber.
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+Chris Golden never even thought of that...thanks!
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so suddenly.. terrible.
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He was... he was my really good friend.
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He didn't deserve to die like that.
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A sad day. I remember seeing Dan at Indy when he was a rookie. He was a pedal to the floor racer. Love YA Dan.
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A lo loco gran video
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was here. I turned around and boom, crash happens.  Really bummed that they ended the race, and did a 5 lap salute.
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I heard people ripping IndyCar for bad safety or whatever. IndyCar did the best they could do, but this was a freak accident, like Russell Phillips or Dale Earnhart. R.I.P Dan Wheldon.
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Agreed. Dale Earnhart had a huge crash in '84 at Talledega. He was tapped in the trioval and slammed head-on into the wall, full throttle, flipped over, and was struck multiple times on the drivers door. The fact that he got out and walked away was amazing. Then, he hits the wall at Daytona and he dies.
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I was there when I saw that. I was shocked
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"Here we go" the announcer said, like he was having fun on a joyride. Extremely poor choice of words.
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How much do these drivers get paid? I assume alot to risk their lives.
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this was a day I will never forget, I grew up in Vegas and love this track, all year I kept saying this was going to be the most exciting race, never in a million years could you guess this would happen, I really hope Indy Car really does look at coming back at one point.
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If you listen close enough you can hear one of the announcers whisper "he's dead."  Such an awful moment in racing history.  We will always miss you Dan! 
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To awful to comprehend, Weldon  was one of the last cars to get entangled, he had a clear view of the crash and had a very high chance of survival.
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He was one of my favorite drivers. 
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Death, guns, Wal-Mart... the American way.
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I think the average American goes to 'races' to see a spectacle of crashes, yellow flags and yes, sometimes even death. It's the same as your fascination with your gun culture.
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Well, no, there are always dip-shits that go to races to see crashes like there are people that watch the news just to hear about death. Like how many people go to hockey games just for fights? I wouldn't generalize all Americans and see even a small percentage of race attendance is for watching wrecks. And we don't have a 'gun culture'. Maybe in some parts of the deep south I can see it, but while its a big national issue, every American doesnt have some sort of intrigue with weapons and violence.
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I don't watch racing but R.I.P Dan Wheldon :(
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What a terrible waste, I hope the car was insured.
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If he had hit the catch fence car first, rather than head first, he'd probably have survived.
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Thank you captain hindsight 
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Yeah, remember. Remember he died for absolutely nothing. But they did give him a nice funeral.
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I saw this on tv as it happened.
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Its just sad to look at Wheldons car,  most of them ended up fine. The car destroyed but the survival cell and roll bar intact.  Wheldon hit head/rollbar firsth, no chance of survival.
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Had a worse crash a Texas survives it all matters how bad the damage was but 🇬🇧R.I.P
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@ 0:26 Cheever whispering "Its Dan" to the other announcer!
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WOWEEEE! That was very pretty because of all the flames and smoke. LOVE IT! :) :)
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Indy Car should be banned for being to freaking dangerous
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Pillbox---- how could've he hit his head on the roof of his car? There is no roof. This wasn't nascar.
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0:16 If you see Dans car....woah.
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That race car driver that flew picked a bad day to be a pilot.
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Don't want to sound like a dick but I think racing leagues with actual killing of a driver from time to time are more exciting to watch than for example formula 1, where practically nothing has happened for 20 years. Its selfish to say that, I know. But if racing was for "go safety-first!", why would you let these cars pass the 30 mph mark anyway? Fatalities need to happen in order to remember, that you are watching something dangerous and exciting, and to create ongoing heroic "what if xxx was still alive?" assumptions. Well, I don't know. It doesn't need to happen every race, but 1 Killing per year would be a nice quota. edit: RIP Dan Wheldon, though.
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you can hear them say on the radio thing " he gone theres nothing we can do" before he told them to pull over  1.53 :( R.I.P DAN!
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+Sofie Cottam He said "Sorry guys, there was nothing I could do" in reference to not being able to clear the accident without taking debris damage. Commenters mention it when they replay that driver's footage.
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I remember i turned on the tv for lunch and seeing this wreck after watching for 3 minutes... so sad.... lunch ruined.....
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Had those tires had tread the accident wouldn'tve happened
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Crazy how everything can end in an instant for professional race car drivers. Rest in peace.
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What a sad time for motorsport first this happened and then we lost Simoncelli a week later RIP Dan and Marco
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Quick question why not put a simple light weight roll cage on these open cockpit cars???? Sort of a good idea I would say
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Messes up the aerodynamics and the drivers need to get out in the case of a crash which in many cases become a mass of jumbled up pieces
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US open wheel series; ongoing butchery in 21th century. Come on guys learn some lessons from Formula 1...
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+Pat Ok I know that I don't hate the British or the Europeans I hate everyone who hates the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
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nothing is more fucking retarded than open wheel cars on oval tracks.
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God,poor guy it was not even a mistake he made.
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Contact.bailout,bailout,bailout.Oh Multiple Cars Involved.
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F1 and Indy are both open wheel, but not the same. San Marino isn't raced on any more cuz of how many have died on that track. Is Indy done racing on oval tracks?
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Oval tracks and walls are the problem. F1 has gone without a single death since 1994.
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Indy will never be done on ovals. The greatest race in Indy car is done at Indianapolis Motor Speedway... Any oval. This track was just a poor choice, small and too many cars.
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0:26 I swear I heard someone whisper "he's dead"
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3 years today :( R.I.P Dan
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At least he died doing what he loved
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I was there.. in the parking lot. I saw a big explosion and I was worried
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Went out doing what he loved...
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 I was  watching this race with 3 of my friends and when the wreck happened we were quiet until they said that Dan died then we were just sad. my friends dad is a huge racing fan and he liked Dan Weldon he wasn't watching the race. he came into the room that we were in at the time when they said he died and he screamed "WHAT"
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should of never had so many cars on the track, they all knew it was a risk ...smh
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Who was this at 0:14 in the background right before the crash? Was that Dan Wheldon, because he talked to the TV from the car before the race starts.
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It's sad he died in this crash, but I'm also surprised more didn't die.
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I guess they will always race. When they're all crowded going 220 MPH it's just too dangerous bc there's just not sufficient spacing
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7:43 lol that scared me for a second there. That debris looks like a person in a sitting position airborne flying backwards.
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Choose your words a little better kid....I assume your an adolescent by the way you represent yourself- -
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+monolith geometry I assume you're an adolescent by the way you represent your sheer ability to not stay on topic to my comment.  
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Some of you are so f'ing ignorant. Nasty, rude people that have dumb ass things to say even when something tragic happens. You can get hurt in any sport, any recreational activity, any DAY for that matter. Whether or not you agree with what they are doing, no one cares. Keep your nasty-ass opinions to yourself and go post somewhere that people want to hear your shit.
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There is quite a difference between getting hurt and dying because your open car slammed into a wall at 200 mph.
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I'm still in shock I can't believe he's gone I watched it live on tv and I couldn't believe that I saw the death on Dan Wheldon. Dan you will be missed by Indy Car fans across the nation almost 3 years later and I will never get over the shock R.I.P Dan <3
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I'm gunna be driving on Vegas speed way this Friday in the Richard petty experience and I couldn't even imagine how fast those cars are going around that track... RIP
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At 0:26 someone said he's dead list in to it 3 times
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Its Cheever whispering "Its Dan" to the other announcer!
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I remember watching this race I am a huge Nascar fan and at the time my friend was into Indy car racing and he was trying to get me to watch a race and I saw it on tv that day and I though sure il give it a watch and then I see this it was tragic to watch what a way to start watching Indy car but anyhow rip dan we will always miss you
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@ 0:11 you can see a sputter of smoke, and then another just before the spin out. If Dan had seen this warning sign he might have decelerated just enough to lessen the impact....one can only wonder.      R.I.P. Dan Wheldon & all others who exhibit that adventurous spirit that might soar above the mundane lives of those who dare not...
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i don't know why they decide to race cars like this on oval tracks never cease to amaze me. RIP Wheldon.
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You can hear at around 0:27 that the commentators knew. A great shame to the sport.
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And the phact that Dan was the onboard just before the crash, as seen at the beginning of vidio
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"The IndyCar, with open wheels and an open cockpit, is not suited for the pack racing that develops on ovals. Unlike NASCAR, where cars bump and bang on every lap, any contact in an IndyCar results in either a crash or a slew of broken parts." - ESPN http://m.espn.go.com/rpm/story?storyId=7355694&src=desktop
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The way I feel about the rich assholes of the world is ,bummer you had more than many and were a money whore so you got what you earned,never seen him help the poor or do charity work,no loss there except to himself
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Ugh, just had to sit through an ad for Hunger Games : Catching Fire before watching this video. If it's Jennifer Lawrence, more like "Catching Cum", am I right?? Anyway, RIP Dan Wheldon, horrible way for a man to die
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If he slowed down a little more, he would be alive today. RIP Dan Wheldon :(
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ITT: Many weak nanny-staters who think a perfect world is where nobody ever dies for any reason, and we all live a carefully-supervised, bubble-wrapped existence until we're 400. Wheldon chose to drive. He died doing what he loved. Sometimes the things we love are dangerous. I imagine you'd ban all astronauts too, huh? Can't have people dying over "silly things" now can you?
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And right after getting off the on-board camera of Dan Wheldon's car. R.I.P.
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