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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...

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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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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+Racecarlock that wasn't his point buddy.
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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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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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+Silent_Z Then the question should be, why they are driving there, and the answer is still the same: money...
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True, I don't follow Indy like I follow Nascar, I don't really know the motives behind running there or if they run similar tracks.
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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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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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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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This is like pod racing or something.. crazy shit happens fast.
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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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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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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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Death, guns, Wal-Mart... the American way.
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+Michael Green well even though the track was in America Indycar is international, you make it sound like we root for someone to die
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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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+Teddycuddlez Agreed Teddy. However, there are kinds of fences including the elastic ductile ones (non brittle) that will dampen the impact and save both driver and crowd, A disadvantage? Such fences dont support ad banners and at the end of the day this is where it comes down to IMHO,
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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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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 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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so suddenly.. terrible.
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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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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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He didn't deserve to die like that.
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Indy Car should be banned for being to freaking dangerous
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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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I was there when I saw that. I was shocked
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What a terrible waste, I hope the car was insured.
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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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"Here we go" the announcer said, like he was having fun on a joyride. Extremely poor choice of words.
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I don't watch racing but R.I.P Dan Wheldon :(
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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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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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How much do these drivers get paid? I assume alot to risk their lives.
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A lo loco gran video
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He was one of my favorite drivers. 
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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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I saw this on tv as it happened.
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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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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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@ 0:26 Cheever whispering "Its Dan" to the other announcer!
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Had those tires had tread the accident wouldn'tve happened
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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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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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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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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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Yeah, remember. Remember he died for absolutely nothing. But they did give him a nice funeral.
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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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Had a worse crash a Texas survives it all matters how bad the damage was but 🇬🇧R.I.P
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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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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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That race car driver that flew picked a bad day to be a pilot.
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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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should of never had so many cars on the track, they all knew it was a risk ...smh
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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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So glad he died. This is what makes Indycar worth watching. More crashes, deaths and injuries please!
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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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Contact.bailout,bailout,bailout.Oh Multiple Cars Involved.
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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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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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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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If he slowed down a little more, he would be alive today. RIP Dan Wheldon :(
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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 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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@ 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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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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Whoever won the championship didn't wanna win it like this R.I.P Dan Wheldon
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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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"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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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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Still give a moment of silence for you at Indy every year. We'll never forget, Dan. 
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