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November 23, 2017

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Tragic day at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Even before Dan Wheldon’s tragic death was confirmed today at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, drivers being interview by ESPN were voicing their opinions about the type of racing we witnessed prior to the accident.

The number of cars in the race, the speed at which the cars were running, the number of inexperienced drivers in the field, and the close racing that left no room for error were all topics of concern for the drivers. And it will be interesting to see how the discussion unfolds about these concerns in the reporting and commentary that are due to come. But one thing is certain: Officials made the right call in deciding to end the race.

Regardless of these conditions, racing is dangerous and always will be. I know that’s cliché, but its true. Even one car going around the track at 212 miles per hour is a risky enterprise.

Let’s hope that the tragic death of Wheldon won’t lead to finger pointing and accusations. Hopefully, it will lead to a serious discussion about safety in the sport.

Below are a few photos of the tribute laps to Wheldon.

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Race teams line pit road for the tribute to Dan Wheldon.

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Five lap tribute to Dan Wheldon

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