Surely A Large Human
Date registered: Jun 2006
Vehicle: '08 C219
Location: Between Earth and Mars
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Ugly IndyCar Wreck at Vegas
I'm sure it'll be on YouTube soon enough, but there was just a positively vicious 15-car wreck at LVMS for the Indycar Season Finale. The check came due, again, for open wheel cars being inches from one another on a 1.5 mile oval at 220mph. Three cars airborne, the biggest trip seemed to have been taken by Dan Wheldon who might have been a full 30 feet in the air for as much as 100 yards, as he flew into the fence. Everyone who hit the wall burst into a ball of fire, which was just about everyone involved.
I hate this for American open wheel racing, but it was just a matter of time before a big one happened. The whole wreck started and ended in around 15 seconds, and in interviews, just about everyone says this type of racing was unsafe. Dario Franchitti just said LVMS wasn't a suitable track for racing...when they tested at the new Texas Motor Speedway, they said the same thing. They were right.
These cars are meant for road courses, in my opinion, and these bullrings have been inherently unsafe - there's no place for people to go to avoid a wreck. Combine that with a vehicle formula that seems to be unsafe as well (way, way too much fire involved in this wreck, no power steering, spec motors meaning everyone is right on top of one another on short ovals, insufficient brake power), and it might be curtains. I hope not.