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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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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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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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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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This is like pod racing or something.. crazy shit happens fast.
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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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What a terrible waste, I hope the car was insured.
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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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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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You're a fucking idiot man
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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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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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I was there when I saw that. I was shocked
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after the first crash, you can see someone on the low side, not paying attention and suddenly overreacts, 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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Ok, whose idea was it to make them race at LAS VEGAS?
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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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"Here we go" the announcer said, like he was having fun on a joyride. Extremely poor choice of words.
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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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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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Ughh i hate my life can someody tell me when this happend?? My biryhday is on october 16
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+snehith P.S  Nobody cares when your birthday is, kill yourself.
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How much do these drivers get paid? I assume alot to risk their lives.
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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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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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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... he was my really good friend.
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A lo loco gran video
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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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+Matt Crider what the fuck difference does that make?
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I saw this on tv as it happened.
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This isnt a tragedy the is the result of people taking uneccessary risks that are dangerous.When you do this you are gambling with your life and theres no one to blame but yourself.
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I don't watch racing but R.I.P Dan Wheldon :(
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Indy Car should be banned for being to freaking dangerous
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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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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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Crazy how everything can end in an instant for professional race car drivers. Rest in peace.
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Had those tires had tread the accident wouldn'tve happened
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@ 0:26 Cheever whispering "Its Dan" to the other announcer!
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Yeah, remember. Remember he died for absolutely nothing. But they did give him a nice funeral.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Cars should have auto pilot to prevent this when they get that close , if we are really concerned for each driver... maybe racing is not there yet.  That is not an unavailable technology.  Thanks for the upload.
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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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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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should of never had so many cars on the track, they all knew it was a risk ...smh
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God,poor guy it was not even a mistake he made.
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nothing is more fucking retarded than open wheel cars on oval tracks.
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Contact.bailout,bailout,bailout.Oh Multiple Cars Involved.
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3 years today :( R.I.P Dan
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I was there.. in the parking lot. I saw a big explosion and I was worried
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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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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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It's sad he died in this crash, but I'm also surprised more didn't die.
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I'd like to thank Dan Wheldon for going out in a "blaze" of glory. This was a spectacular way to go out. This crash was a real "hit". If you're gonna go out, make it awesome
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0:16 If you see Dans car....woah.
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At least he died doing what he loved
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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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dan we still remember you 
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If he slowed down a little more, he would be alive today. RIP Dan Wheldon :(
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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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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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Rest In Paradise Dan Wheldon
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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 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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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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A beautiful day,and this poor guy dies. That's not right.
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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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It's honestly lucky Will Power wasn't killed either. His car got like a mile in the air.
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0:26 I swear I heard someone whisper "he's dead"
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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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4:40 you can hear the emotion in the guy's voice
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narrator goes "ohh here we go again..." does it disturb anybody else here? I found it unbelievable that its 2014, and the lives of these pilots worth little compared to all the money poured in behind the curtains in order to keep the main event and the eventual carnage available.  Its like, we all know that whatever safety measurements the committee would adopt, sooner than later someone will have the same fate. Why does it still happen? seriously...  
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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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wow... I will never forget that day watching this race... RIP Dan
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Whoever won the championship didn't wanna win it like this R.I.P Dan Wheldon
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This is the first time I have watched this since December of 2011, but I felt like the announcers (for the most part) handled this very, very well.  Such a sad day.
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Risking your life in competition is glorious and admirable to those who love the entertainment of motorsports. If these guys were going 50-60mph slower around the track like stock cars, the audience would be drastically smaller. People love the thrill and excitement of extreme sports, wether its jumping from a helicopter onto a mountain, riding a bull, or overtaking at 230mph. Those calling this type of competition pointless have never lived and probably weauiiiijyjyr sun screen for the 5 minute
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RIP!Indy should never torn in what F1 turned in recent years!NEVER!No more pure racing..unfortunately!
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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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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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we all know motorsport is dangerous we all know the risks when that flag drops dan knew this he passed doing what he loved yes its very sad and indy needs to look at our F1 and race circuits not ovals
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I still remember this race and I have cried every time since
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Why the hell make them so low and unprotected?!
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Not exactly a ordinary roll cage. What if part of the intake went over the drivers head? Something hard enough for initial impact. At those speeds it only needs to resist pressure for second or two.
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+Dorian Joseph Even if there was a roll cage on his car I doubt it could have saved him. 
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He was so young...
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can some one tell me if at 4:00 when he hits the wall is that blood and guts it is unfortunate that this had to happen to him rip. 
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Still give a moment of silence for you at Indy every year. We'll never forget, Dan. 
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of course this sport is dangerous, all motorsport is dangerous and always has been, it's a risk and when it pays off it is the echo of glory that comes with the win, sad to see a driver die, but he died doing what he loved R.I.P Dan Wheldon
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