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Driver dies in IndyCar crash
Monday Mar 27 07:33 AEDT
A US IndyCar driver died on Sunday after his race car, travelling at almost full speed, ploughed into the back of another car during a practice run at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Paul Dana, 30, slammed into a car driven by Ed Carpenter at about 322 kph after Carpenter had spun, hit the wall and nearly come to a stop on the 2.41 km oval track, according to Tom Blattler, a spokesman for Dana.

Both drivers were ferried by helicopter to Jackson Memorial Hospital in downtown Miami, he said.

"Trauma personnel worked on Paul and then pronounced him dead at the hospital a little before noon," Blattler said.

Carpenter was listed in stable condition at the hospital, according to Dr Henry Bock, the Indy Racing League's senior director of medical services.

Dana was in his second year in the open-wheel racing series and this year he had joined the Rahal-Letterman team, named after owners TV talk show host David Letterman and racing legend Bobby Rahal. Dana qualified in ninth position for Sunday's Toyota Indy 300, his highest ever.

Last year, Dana competed in three races with Ethanol-Hemelgarn Racing with a best finish of 10th at Homestead-Miami Speedway, IRL officials said.

They said he suffered a season-ending back injury during the first week of practice for the Indianapolis 500 and had been looking for a fresh start after last year's setback.

A St Louis native and Indianapolis resident, Dana was a runner-up in the 2004 Indy Pro Series standings.

A former motorsports journalist, Dana held a variety of jobs in racing ranks including work as a mechanic, a private racing coach and driving instructor.

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RIP. :frownani:

How many more TG, how many more?

There is an inherent risk in Motor Racing. We all know that, Paul Dana knew that. The accident he suffered at IMS last season would've been enough to tell him. What makes this fatality so tragic is the he was finally getting a run with a top team in Rahal Letterman.

Having viewed the accident this morning though there has to be severe question marks over how this happened. Carpenter had long since hit the wall and slid down on to the racing line when Dana hit him at what appeared to be close to full speed.

On my viewing, frankly, that is an accident that should never have happened with professional track officials in attendence. League officials say the yellow was thrown and that the track lights were yellow. I hope that is correct - from what I saw it did not look like Dana had slowed down at all.

These sorts of incidents continue to plague the IRL, yes Motor Racing is dangerous, high speed open-wheel oval racing even more so - one need only look to the loss of the late Greg Moore. The amount of fatalities and serious injuries in the IRL dwarfs that of other series. It has gone beyond the level of acceptability.

Something needs to be done - now.
 

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Sir Leonardo said:
I hope that is correct - from what I saw it did not look like Dana had slowed down at all.
That is the strange thing. Others did slow, and Rahal confirmed that Dana's spotter made him aware of the wreck, and yet Dana still plowed into Carpenter at full steam.

However, that doesn't change the fact that the IRL still has many safety issues to work out. Any form of racing, especially open-wheel, carries with it a certain amount of risk, but the IRL is not nicknamed the Injury Racing League for nothing...
 
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